St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altus

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  • We stopped at St Mary's for Saturday Mass. Built in 1901 it sits atop a mountain with perhaps the best panorama of the Ozarks in the Altus area. Ample parking area. Step inside where there are beautif...  more »
  • Do not miss this beautiful, historical church! Dedicated in 1902, the church is basilica type architecture of native sandstone quarried from the hill of its location. It is famous for it's original go...  more »
  • I attended the St. Mary's Catholic school in the last of the few years it was offered. It was definitely the best experience of my childhood school days, what an honor it was to have gotten blessed wi...  more »
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  • Although it might have a breathtaking view, people like me go there so please also recognize it as a church and not just an attraction.
  • Beautiful, absolutely breathtaking!
  • Perched on the edge of St Mary's Mountain in Altus, Arkansas, and overlooking the Arkansas River Valley, St Mary's Church is surely one of the most beautifully situated churches in the United States. And the inside is beautiful as well, reflecting the tastes of the original Swiss and German settlers that came to this part of the country over a century ago. Current (2014) pastor Fr David Bellinghausen OSB cares for this little treasure and his parishioners with grace and Benedictine learning. Over the last several decades we have been annual visitors to Arkansas's Mt Nebo State Park sometime around Christmas, but we always make the 50 mile drive from Mt Nebo to St Mary's for Mass and always feel inspired after our visits. Even if you're not Catholic, it's worth a detour from I-40 to see the church for its location, its architecture and design. And if you are Catholic, I urge you to visit there to worship.

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