New Orleans, one of the most famous ports in the world, was a French colony with Spanish and later African cultural influences. The city was named after the Duke of Orleans. Born as Phillippe de Chartres, the Duke of Orleans was the grandson of Louis XIII and nephew and son-in-law to Louis XIV, who later acted as regent from the year 1715 to 1723 for Louis XV until he came of age. He is known for his excellent collection of paintings and for his outlook on public education; he had made the Sorbonne free of tuition fees and opened up the Royal Library for the public.
Aside from and in addition to the Duke of Orleans, the city of New Orleans can also be said to have been named after the commune of Orleans, a city in northwest France on the Loire River. It is mentioned often in relation to the Catholic saint and French war heroine, Joan of Arc, who is also known as the maid of Orleans; the city was a prosperous one before the hundred years’ war, after which it recovered its former glory.
New Orleans came into being in the form of a French colony situated at the American coast. The Franco-Spanish culture can still be seen in its architecture and added to this culture are various influences including an African American one. The city became world famous through its nurturing of Jazz; many brass band members were recruited and cultivated in the various churches.
In some ways New Orleans seems to retain its historic roots in an apparent form; it still features many of the French festivities including the famous Mardi Gras, and prides itself on its distinctive cuisine or art forms including but not restricted to music. The Franco-Spanish culture is in harmony with the city’s Catholicism, which has a large part in the residents’ religious life. But all of these elements are some of the most wonderfully and culturally blended features of the city that are also very modern, because the city is, unlike a museum, very much alive.
The more contemporary and upbeat side of New Orleans exists in many and diverse shapes; one of which is its sports. Many citizens of New Orleans or indeed from the whole of Louisiana make up the fan base of the New Orleans Saints, the professional football team representing the city and named after the All Saints Day in accordance with the large presence of Catholic faith in the city. To depart a little from the cultural and historical heritage of the city, visit the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a home game of the Saints by checking out the availability of their tickets at http://profootballschedules.com/new-orleans-saints-schedule – new orleans saints tickets for the season of 2014 are now available. It will already be very hard to get hold of a ticket for the home game against the Atlanta Falcons, but there still are several games to choose from, against the team’s other division rivals such as the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Carolina Panthers.