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St. Mary Basilica

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Address: 105 South Union Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Phone Number: +1 601-445-5616
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Description: Recognized as an architectural masterpiece among Catholic churches in the...
Recognized as an architectural masterpiece among Catholic churches in the south, it is the spiritual home of a vibrant St. Mary Catholic community today. The construction of this place of worship was begun in 1842 as the Cathedral of the newly established Diocese of Natchez. The St. Mary congregation takes pride in the basilica's colorful and prayerful setting, and welcomes visitors from near and distant places. The city of Natchez, on the Mississippi River and the birthplace of Mississippi, is a tourist destination because of its historic ante-bellum homes. St. Mary Basilica, also ante-bellum, is the city's central landmark.
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Beautiful windows and altar

Well worth a quick stop to admire the quadruple stained glass windows and ornate altar. Painting of Christ on cross is lit, making it even more outstanding.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Well worth a quick stop to admire the quadruple stained glass windows and ornate altar. Painting of Christ on cross is lit, making it even more outstanding.

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Brookhaven, Mississippi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is the most beautiful church I have ever been in!! I visit Natchez on a regular basis, and I ALWAYS take time to enjoy the peaceful feeling I get when I sit in a pew at St Mary's. The sun shining through the stain glass windows is a gorgeous sight to see.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

So surprising walking in from the hot bright sun into this awe inspiring cathedral. We stayed about 15 minutes due to the time we had available, but I could have stayed here an hour. Please take time to see this.

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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It has beautiful marble work that was commissioned and sculpted in Italy. The windows are also remarkable, as well as its history and location.

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Grandview, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A very beautiful place. Open to the public until 4;00 p.m. If you have time take 5 min. and see it. The grounds are very nice but the inside is what you want to see!!

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Take a few minutes out of your touring time in Natchez to duck into St. Mary's. The architecture and history are both very interesting and worth the time spent.

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Europe
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Visited it today. Lovely inside and peaceful gardens. Worth a quick visit and easy to get to and park at.

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Westlake, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

The church and the grounds are beautiful. My 9 year old enjoyed himself. I highly recommend seeing it.

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Lucedale, Mississippi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our carriage driver recommended a visit to St. Mary's; Indeed a beautiful church worth the time to visit.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We like peeking into churches during our travels. When we peeked inside St Mary's we were impressed! A gem of a cathedral for a town the size of Natchez. While you are walking around town, we highly recommend you take a quick look inside and soak up the ethereal atmosphere that the stained glass, the architectural grandeur, the paintings and... More 

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