St. Mary's Hidden Treasure

The Maria Alexandrina photographed by Stephen Flowers

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  Bishop Chanche was able to obtain from a benefactor in Rome, Italy the beautiful bell which today calls to prayer and to   devotion the faithful people of Natchez.

Photos by Stephen Flowers, Assisted by Kate Stanley

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St. Mary Basilica, the mother church of Mississippi Catholicism is blessed with many beautiful treasures, the magnificent stained glass windows, carrara marble altars, beautiful statuary, frescos, plaques and much more. Parishioners and visitors alike have known the beauty of these treasures daily for years upon years. St. Mary Basilica possesses another beautiful treasure that is not visible to the casual eye, because it is located high above in the bell tower, seen by only a few individuals over the years, it is the magnificant Maria Alexandrina, the beautiful and ornate bell.

The Story of the Maria Alexandrina… Read more


Mike Murhpy presents a Natchez History Minute about the bell of St. Mary Basilica that arrived in Natchez in May, 1850. The May 15th edition of the Mississippi Free Trader reported that the bell had arrived on the Natchez No. 3 and would soon be "elevated into its position in the tower." Published on May 14, 2016… View video


Lithograph on stone - St. Mary Cathedral