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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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A magnificent sturcture built in 1840.

The Spanish were the first Catholics in this area. Then followed the Irish, German and Italian's. This beautiful church was built as a Cathedral then became the 26th Minor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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natchez
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Spanish were the first Catholics in this area. Then followed the Irish, German and Italian's. This beautiful church was built as a Cathedral then became the 26th Minor Basilica in the 1990's.It houses paintings sculptures and other beautiful adornment appropriate for a house of worship. If you enjoyed seeing Notre Dame or Westminster Abbey then take a few minutes... More 

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Olney, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While in Natchez I decided to stop at St. Mary's. I wasn't expecting how beautiful this church was. Pictures can not do it justice.

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Thank chuckie_css
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely lovely classical Catholic church. Beautiful art, architecture, sculpture. Very ornate stained glass windows. Gothic throughout.

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Thank Yvette S
Orange, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

While walking around the town of Natchez we passed by this Church. It was beautiful! We noticed that it was open so we went in for a tour. Magnificent!! This is one of the most beautiful churches that we have been in.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This is now a Basilica, and was once Cathedral. It would be nice to have them explain why. Built before the Civil War, this is a great building. It has beautiful stained glass windows, but I understand that all date from well after the Civil War. This church is well kept and has a very nice green park adjacent on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is a classic Catholic Church,but without the travese that usual in europe. The ceiling are lovely. A nice place to stop,look at the stainglass. It is always open and very quiet.

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Natchez, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Beautifully restored and such a tranquil place to visit or attend mass. Amazing architectural details both inside and out. Be sure to walk the grounds and see the fountain and the war memorials. A great place to enjoy a picnic or just take a break from walking the downtown area.

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Franklin, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My wife and I were very pleased to find this beautiful cathedral and to attend such a traditional Mass. We'll always attend Mass here, when in Natchez.

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NW Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

The beauty of St. Mary's is why I always love to visit historic churches when traveling. The surroundings are beautiful as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

A nice community church that I visited as part of a walking tour. It also provides some cool shade on a hot day!

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