St. Mary Basilica
St. Mary Basilica
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8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
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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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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,084 contributions
Jul 2020
So I grew up in Europe and when somebody in the US gushes about how pretty a church is, I usually just roll my eyes. Our driver at Southern Carriage tours (which I can also highly recommend by the way) recommended this church and he was right. It may not be as large as some of the European cathedrals but it is equally beautiful. Walking in is like stepping into a totally different world. The stain glass windows are so detailed and beautiful with deep, rich colors. Pictures do not do the colors justice, the way the light filters into the church. The deep blue ceiling and statues add to the effect. Do not miss this gem if you are in Natchez.
Great place to get out of the heat and rest. The church is open until 4pm and entrance is free. With the covid, a number of benches are roped off so you can easily maintain social distancing even if you would like to pray. We felt both safe and welcome.
Written September 28, 2020
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Sue
Lake, MS4 contributions
Apr 2021
I had read about the basilica beforehand and was interested in seeing it on my trip to Natchez. I was surprised that is was open and visitors were able to go inside and make pictures. While inside the basilica the carillon sounded the hour. It was a great experience.
Written April 21, 2021
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Jane S
Valparaiso, IN103 contributions
Jan 2020
This basilica is reminiscent of those magnificent churches in Europe. The vaulted ceiling and the interior painting simply invite a feeling of reverence...if you want a glimpse of the style of European church interiors, visit St. Mary Basilica. It is elegantly beautiful.
Written January 25, 2020
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Wolfnavarre
Perkinston, MS89 contributions
Feb 2020 • Business
This basilica is a refuge at any time. The nave is particularly beautiful (make sure to sign the guest book and grab a legend of the statue placements.
The sanctuary is a lot more ornate that other basilicas I have visited, but the stained glass and the pews and statues are magnificent.
Written March 3, 2020
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Victor W
77 contributions
Oct 2020
St. Mary's Basilica is one of the architectural gems of the Catholic Church. Construction began in 1842. Initially St. Mary's was labeled a cathedral but due to its historical significance, it was elevated to a minor basilica. The Basilica has very impressive stained glass windows. The altar is also very impressive. Next to the Basilica is Bishop Gardens. A nice spot to stop, wind down and reflect. Worth see if you are ever visiting Natchez, MS.
Written November 2, 2020
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mercynurse62
Texas Gulf Coast, TX318 contributions
Jan 2020
Stunning,peaceful, beautiful. All they ask is that you remain respectful and quiet. The building is beautiful. But the atmosphere - if you need to slow down and gather your thoughts, make a stop. I was there for New Years and the Christmas decorations were still up. So glad I stopped, felt renewed when I left.
Written January 8, 2020
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PamRoad
Texas1,027 contributions
Feb 2022
Such a surprise to see such a beautiful Basilica in a small town is Mississippi. It compares to any of the cathedrals across the country. The church is open to visitors and pictures are allowed. The custodian also allowed us to go up in the balcony. It is a beautiful, active cathedral and very worth the time to tour it. There is also a nice garden outside the church. Located in the heart of Natchez, the Basilica is a hidden gem.
Written February 14, 2022
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Sissy C
Ruston, LA172 contributions
Feb 2020
Oh, my goodness! St. Mary’s was a lovely historic place to visit. The leaded glass and frescoes were truly amazing. The whole place is a wonder to behold. We felt blessed to sit quietly and take in the beauty of the place. Folks with limited mobility might find the steps to the main entrance. Stop and say a prayer here for a world in need. You’ll be glad you did.
Written February 18, 2020
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fbcortez
Miami, FL18 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The church was beautiful, reminiscent of the churches you find in Europe. There was no fee and actually it was empty. We walked around and admired the architecture, very beautiful. You can also take a quick visit to the garden out back. It only took about 15-20 minutes.
Written July 25, 2022
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SLKspingirl
Texas516 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Currently closed for renovations so no chance to see the interior. The exterior is pretty and there is a lovely prayer garden across the street behind the cathedral. Worth a stop for a quiet moment and a prayer and can’t wait to be able to see inside.
Written July 10, 2021
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