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.Before you head to Natchez, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Natchez trip planner, to make sure you see all that Natchez has to offer, including St. Mary Basilica.
The 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.
The 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.
St. Mary Basilica Reviews
Easily the most beautiful church I've seen in all of Mississippi. Everyone was friendly, the mass was beautiful. My husband and I felt instantly welcome, and enjoyed the garden to the side of the church with the statue of Mary. Wonderful area to walk around as well.
This Church is beautifully designed and very old. The clock on top has wonderful chimes for every hour.
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