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St. Mary Basilica, Natchez

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St. Mary Basilica, formerly St. Mary's Cathedral, located in Natchez, Mississippi, United States, is a parish church in the Diocese of Jackson and Minor basilica of the Catholic Church. In 1979 it was listed under its former name as a contributing property in the Natchez On-Top-of-the-Hill Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe Diocese of Natchez was erected in 1837, and in 1842 construction began on a new cathedral. It was dedicated on December 25, 1843 and consecrated on September 19, 1886 and remained the cathedral of the diocese until 1977. It was designated a minor basilica on September 8, 1998 and dedicated as such on September 25, 1999.In 2007 the body of Bishop John J. Chanche, S.S. the first Catholic bishop of Mississippi, was exhumed from a Baltimore, Maryland catholic cemetery and returned to Natchez to be reinterred in St. Mary Basilica's church yard.ArchitectureThe brick structure is two-stories in height, and it was constructed on a partially raised basement. It features a semi-circular apsidal end, ornamental pinnacles, and buttresses. The central square tower that is capped with a spire is embedded into the structure, and it has a recessed Gothic-arched entrance. Local architect James Hardie designed the Gothic Revival building.
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  • This beautiful cathedral has a long and interesting history. upon entering the church you are struck by the beautiful large painting of the crucifixion and the Sorrowful Mother Mary. The statues and s...  more »
  • 30 minutes of peace in downtown Natchez. The interior of the church is beautiful, the colors brilliant. We especially enjoyed the Bishop's Gardens out back.  more »
  • having passed by this church many times before, this trip we went in. was glad we did, it was beautiful inside and the stained glass windows are some of the best i have seen, even in europe.  more »
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  • Stunningly beautiful and spiritually moving. The organist happened to be practicing for services. Her glorious music added to the experience.
  • Positively breathtaking. The oldest Basilica in Mississippi, and in perfect condition tour Tuesday thru Friday
  • Real fancy church. Lived in Natchez all my life an it was the1st time I ever went in
  • Truly one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen!!!
  • Gorgeous. You have to see the beauty for yourself.
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