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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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Gorgeous

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Europe
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236 reviews 236 reviews
35 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Germantown, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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134 reviews 134 reviews
44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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