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A visit to Natchez, Mississippi

After my road trip to Texas with Sweetums last summer, I posted photos and fun facts from 20 different stops in five states. I posted about numerous cool places to see in historic Natchez, Miss., but I recently came across some photos of the city I never shared.

The following photos are general sites around Natchez, from the historic hotel on the waterfront to the Bridge of Sighs to St. Mary’ Basilica. Click the links below for previous posts and galleries:

Natchez is a city of about 16,000 people situated on the banks of the Mississippi River and along the Natchez Trace. It is known for beautifully restored antebellum homes. We stayed in the Natchez Grand Hotel across the street from the river.

Construction began on St. Mary’s in 1842. It was a beautiful church and we took exterior and garden photos. We were not allowed to take photos of the interior. I pulled on interior photo from the church website to show its beauty.

St. Mary Basicila interior (StMaryBasilica.org)

A span in Natchez, directly across the street from our hotel, is called the Bridge of Sighs after the one in Venice, Italy. Built about five years ago, the bridge is known for its breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi. People also place padlocks on the bridge’s posts in a romantic gesture known as Love Locks, although the city, like others dealing with the fad, discourages the practice. It costs lots of time and money to saw off the locks, which also add weight to the railings and structure. Just seeing the gorgeous view with your sweetie is romantic enough. Trust me.

Nighttime view of the Mississippi River from Bridge of Sighs (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Natchez Trail marker in the pavement. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Natchez Trace historical marker. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Natchez Trace historical marker (Photo by Wil Elrick)
The Natchez Grand Hotel. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
View from the Bridge of Sighs. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
(Photo by Wil Elrick)
Near the Bridge of Sighs. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
(Photo by Wil Elrick)
Display of this historic fight. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Display of Bowie’s historic fight. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
View of the Mississippi from the Bridge of Sighs. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Bridge of Sighs (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Barge on the Mississippii (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Locks on the Bridge of Sighs (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Bridge of Sighs (Photo by Wil Elrick)
St. Mary’s Cathedral (Photo by Wil Elrick)
St. Mary’s Cathedral (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Park behind the cathedral (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Parkbehind the cathedral (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Detail of the fountain (Photo by Wil Elrick)
(Photo by Wil Elrick)

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