St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, Virginia City

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St. Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church located in Virginia City, Nevada, under the Diocese of Reno. Its historic church includes a museum about its history and a gift shop.
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  • Walking into the church your breath is taken away by the beautiful stained glass and carved wood. Oldest church in Nevada! A must see!  more »
  • I attend Mass here every Sunday and love it. It’s because of coming every week since 2015 I converted to Catholicism. I feel at home here and love it!!! I can’t tell enough people about the History...  more »
  • We visited Virginia City, Nevada driving from Reno. We parked and walked the wooden sidewalks on the main street. We purchased some belts at a leather shop. After seeing this church from a distance, we decided to drive to the church. My wife and I entered this beautiful Roman Catholic church and sat in the rear pew because a baptismal ceremony was in progress. We viewed the church interior and quietly left because we didn't want to disturb the ceremony. We did not expect this beautiful church in this quaint Virginia City historic western town.
  • Disclaimer: we did not attend service, only attended the museum and saw the sanctuary. A pretty building with a wonderful history. The museum is full of artifacts from over the years, including information on Father (Bishop) Manongue— a local celebrity of sorts. However, it could be much more well kept and the people working there could afford to be much nicer. My husband spotted a restroom and used it, but was accosted (at length) by a woman working for the church after doing so. It made a poor impression at the very least.

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