We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

St. Mary Basilica

105 South Union Street, Natchez, MS 39120
+1 601-445-5616
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
Write a Review

92 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    75
    16
    0
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Mississippi
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chattanooga
Top Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mobile, Alabama
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 !

Was this review helpful? Yes
Natchez, Mississippi
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lafayette, LA
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Orleans
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lafayette, Louisiana
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Breathtaking beauty. We were only able to stand at the back since adoration was being held, but we were in awe of the stained glass, the statues and woodwork.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Prairieville, Louisiana
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
37 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is how I wish all Catholic churches still looked, the entire front of the Basilica was hand carved. Towering statues, inspirational stained glass, simply beautiful

Was this review helpful? Yes
Long Beach, Mississippi
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We saw the MS chorale directors concert with the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir directing. They will again give a concert next July around the 22 nd

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed St. Mary Basilica also viewed

 

Been to St. Mary Basilica? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing