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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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Well, I grew up Baptist and attended First Baptist ....... across the street from this lovely Basilica. However, I was in St. Mary's last Christmas when my nephew was married... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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Germantown, Tennessee
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Germantown, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Well, I grew up Baptist and attended First Baptist ....... across the street from this lovely Basilica. However, I was in St. Mary's last Christmas when my nephew was married there.....if I'm correct, it's like the oldest and largest anywhere in the Southeast.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Although not quite the caliber of a cathedral in Europe, this is an impressive church for the southern US. And, almost enough to make an Athiest think twice. Combined with the Tiffany stained glass of the Episcopal church just a few blocks away and the other denomination churches / synagogues in close proximity, a sinner doesn't stand a chance in... More 

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lake charles louisiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Enjoyed Sunday mass and the people made us feel very welcome. Great service and beautiful building. Easy parking available outside.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Park on the street out front and walk through old wooden doors into a lovely church, the Holy See of MS, ca. 1848. The lighting, both natural and artificial, is something special, and I loved the statues of saints located high on each pillar: they seem to be looking at YOU. There are long, stained glass panels on all four... More 

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Kansas City, Mo.
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Stepped in to admire the Basilica, based on my B&B owners' advice. It is very pretty with multicolored stain glass windows, and blue vaulted ceiling

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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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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Nashville, Tennessee
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77 helpful votes 77 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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