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St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, Virginia City

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St. Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Virginia City, Nevada. The church includes a museum about its history and a gift shop.HistoryOriginally built in 1868 by Father Patrick Manogue, the church experienced rapid growth during the mid 19th century. In 1875 the church burned and it was rebuilt in 1876.MusicIn 1982, the church acquired a third-hand, 1-manual and pedal, 6-rank, ca. 1898 William Schuelke pipe organ which was relocated through the Organ Clearing House and installed by the local organ firm, the Miller Organ Company. It was installed on the front, left side of the nave. A matching case was built on the front, right side of the nave for the chimes which were playable from their own miniature keyboard. The Schuelke was originally built for Gjerpens Lutheran Church in Valders, Wisconsin, and had been relocated to a private residence in Green Bay before finding a home at St. Mary's.
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  • The church was built with a wonderful view of the mountainside. I didnt expect the interior details with the old wooden beams and such colorful stained glass windows. Just loved the hand carved pews w...  more »
  • What a lovely Catholic Church! Built in 1865! One can only contemplate the history of those who attended this church in the late 1800's. Fascinating...truly fascinating!  more »
  • Worth a visit. Try to see the outside at night, it is very pretty. However, be careful, as we went in to see the interior and found ourselves going to Mass! There was not a sign outside warning of a s...  more »
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  • I'm not a religious person by any means, but this church just amazes me. It's so beautiful that I was feeling "WOW" all the time. Such an amazing architecture and I can't imagine Virginia City without it, it's truly a symbol of it.
  • Most excellent Museum downstairs below the church
  • The history of the church is phenomenal! The staff and volunteers are full of interesting information. We've been there twice, and both times we walked out amazed by what we saw and heard. Highly recommended if you love learning about the Catholic Church and Virginia City!
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  • Gorgeous, inviting and full of history!

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