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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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8:00 am - 4:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
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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Beautiful

We were just driving through town on our way out of town and saw the church. Being Catholic, we rarely will pass such a beautiful church without stopping in to light a candle and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Genoa, Colorado
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Buckeye, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The interior of the church reminded me of several we had visited in France and Switzerland. Beautiful and peaceful

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Genoa, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were just driving through town on our way out of town and saw the church. Being Catholic, we rarely will pass such a beautiful church without stopping in to light a candle and say a Divine Mercy. It was indeed a very beautiful church.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many free attractions in this town, and this is one of them. Be sure to walk around the building. There is a lovely park with a fountain and a statue (confederate) behind the church. The church itself is stunning. Sit for a while and just bask in the serenity. You may leave a donation.

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Flowood, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful. The priest was very friendly and positive. Mass starts at 10am on sunday. My husband and I arrived early so that we could explore the grounds and the memorials. The garden and courtyard are amazing. I would highly recommend it for someone who loves to just sit and enjoy nature. There are benches under lovely sprawling trees. I... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love visiting holy places this is a lovely place to visit in Natchez. It truly smells like a church which is the first thing I noticed. The alter and the paintings are gorgeous as are the stained glass windows. Wonderful.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was nice stepping away from the bustle of life and into a place of peace. Here you stepped back in time to the older style church with statues and candles. Glad that we took a moment out of our day.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This church is amazing. It has been well taken care of and I just love all the stained glass. It's a must see.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not get to do a tour, but the greeter at the door during Sunday morning Mass was very friendly. We asked if we could just peek inside and she let us into the foyer so we could watch Mass take place for a little bit. She then gave us some basic information about the building. The grounds of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Basilica was very lovely inside with many interesting large statues of Saints, both known and lesser known along the aisles to pray to. The altar area was very beautiful but not ostentatious. Outside to the right there were several lovely garden areas with more statuary and crypts to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

One of the most beautiful churches I have visited. Stained glass windows, carved ceilings and alter is breath taking. A must see for the Natchez visitor

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