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This “funeral chapel” was erected in 1826 conveniently near St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, specifically for funeral services, so as not to spread disease through the Quarter. We like it for three reasons: the catacomb-like devotional chapel with plaques thanking the Virgin Mary for favors granted; the gift shop full of religious medals including a number of obscure saints; and the statue of St. Expedite. The saint got his name, according to legend, when his crate arrived with no identification other than the word expedite stamped on the outside. Now he’s the “saint” you pray to when you want things in a hurry (we are not making this up).