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St. Mary Basilica

Address: 105 South Union Street, Natchez, MS 39120
Phone Number: +1 601-445-5616
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Ranked #3 of 31 Attractions in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: Recognized as an architectural masterpiece among Catholic churches in the south, it is the...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: 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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you like stain glass, this is a must visit. The windows were large with beautiful colors and incredible details.

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Ocala, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A beautiful basilica that should not be missed no matter what your religious affiliation. We attended Mass and also during the Christmas Pilgrimage there was a concert presented by Alcorn College singers and accompanists in the evening. The performers walked in, two by two, and gathered at the front alter, and began their beautiful presentation. It was moving and in... More 

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Deep South outside parts of Louisiana is rarely associated with Catholicism, but Natchez was and is to a large extent a Catholic town. Back in the day, some smaller American towns distinguished themselves by erecting Catholic basilicas almost equal to those of bygone Europe. Lovely examples in Tipton and Beloit, Kansas, spring to mind, as does St. Mary in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Church was magnificent and well maintained for it's age. Park behind the building was a nice quiet area with a large fountain.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

went to Mass there on Sunday. what a beautiful church. not to be missed. easy to locate and a lovely drive from our motel.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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157 reviews 157 reviews
30 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I went on a Monday afternoon.There was a sign saying no tours and no photograhy.I almost left after seeing that sign.Then I saw a small note:Non-member individuals may enter on the right.Upon entering I noticed that the aisle was cordoned off.There was one 1/4 pew open so I sat down.There were a few people on the other side,some near the... More 

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Mississippi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is one of the prettiest churches in America. You should definitely take time to go in and view this lovely old churches. It was originally a cathedral.

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Mississippi
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Beautiful church and park surrounding it is peaceful and full of giant oaks. Located in the heart of historic downtown area. Walking distance to everything.

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Chattanooga
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84 reviews 84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a very historic church and quite beautiful. Churches aren't built like this any more--sadly, a time gone-by.

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Mobile, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

St. Mary's is a must see even for non-Catholics. It DOES have handicapped access, via a street side elevator, which we really appreciated. We thought St. Louis Basilica was lovely but St. Mary's is in a league all of its own.

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