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St. Mary Basilica

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Address: 105 S Union St, Natchez, MS 39120-3354
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 house of worship!

Peaceful place that balances art and understated decoration. You go in and want to linger. The outside is also done in fine taste.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Peaceful place that balances art and understated decoration. You go in and want to linger. The outside is also done in fine taste.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even those unfamiliar with Catholic practices will find this Basilica beautiful. Many works of art. The quiet was a welcome experience. Easy to pray.

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Vidor, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stop in here and prepare for your eyeballs to PPP out of your head. It's glorious! You can go inside and walk all around and see the stained glass, lofty ceilings which are painted, and statues galore. Really worth seeing.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful stained glass. While visiting there a soloist was practicing for an upcoming performance which added to the senses and spiritual feeling of the building.

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Natchez, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Magnificent holy place. I attended and performed at a graduation their in May. The acoustics was awesome!!

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Buckeye, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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 July 20, 2016

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 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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 July 8, 2016

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 July 4, 2016

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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