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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 30 Attractions in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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29 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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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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18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The Basilica is open to the public and is easy accessible. The inside is stunning. The woodwork is so ornate and the craftsmanship is beyond fabulous !

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Natchez, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The experience of being in this minor basilica is almost magical - very beautiful and one can feel the real presence of Christ there. The parish has worked hard to preserve the rich history and architecture, and even better - is a very active parish in ministries to the local community - a must see!

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Lafayette, LA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

One of the major pleasures and perks of being Catholic is the ability to attend Mass in any city of this country and understand precisely the Order of Mass. This is a magnificent structure in which to practice our faith. Even if you are not Catholic, take the time to go through the interior and pickup a brochure that describes... More

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New Orleans
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18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

St. Mary's has a large beautiful sanctuary. We attended Vigil. The people were very friendly. We found that the way they served communion was unusual, because no matter where you sat, everyone approached the altar down the center aisle. The left and right side wings started from the first pew and walked to the rear of the church and then... More

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