St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church

St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, Virginia City

St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church

St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JoVermont
vermont144 contributions
It’s amazing to see such a beautiful church in a remote place. This is the kind of church you would find in a metropolitan city: ornate, intricate wooden carvings throughout, beautiful stained glass windows. There is a free museum down around the back with history and artifacts. If you like churches, check it out!
Written 28 March 2022
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Janene1955
Petaluma, CA114 contributions
This is an active Catholic church with masses on Sunday. Even if you can't make Mass, be sure to tour the museum. It's beautiful, fascinating, and you'll see pictures and artifacts of long ago Virginia City.
Written 11 March 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,471 contributions
This is the big historic church in town. You really can't miss it as it is so much larger than other buildings and stands alone. Maybe take a tour?
Written 6 November 2021
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Drdruid
Bellingham, WA362 contributions
although we did not avail ourselves of the tour of the cathedral it is an awesome sight and a beautiful roman Catholic church - actually spectacular !!
Written 28 October 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,906 contributions
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...on my spontaneous excursion to Virginia City from Carson City yesterday. I had just ran across this church on Google Maps and chose it to be my last stop on my way back to California. I started my day off heading to Lake Tahoe and was thinking I would get to see Carson City and possibly Reno as well. I got some good hikes (walks) in by the lake and the State Capitol Building as well even though my knee is giving me some problems. I decided to take the half-hour drive out here from Carson City instead of just passing by some by crusty old hotels and casinos in Reno. When I got here, I didn't know that Virginia City was some kind of tourist mecca for the Old West - sort of like Tombstone in Arizona is. All kinds of old Western-style stores and shops and restaurants with lots of families and couples walking around including quite a few in Western dress. Maybe I didn't take a walk in the town because as usual I am alone and don't fit in. And what would I do with a souvenir if I bought one. There's really nobody to get one too. Anyway, this amazing cathedral-like church is somewhat oddly here not exactly fitting in as well with the rest of the town. It's a beautiful, old structure with a top-notch small museum filled with interesting and amazing little artifacts and realia located on its bottom floor. I decided to check out the museum first. A very sweet, older lady inside was overly helpful basically following me around the half hour or so I was there - pretty much struggling to explain all the different items we were looking at. It was actually quite cute and charming. She did tell me an interesting story and pointed out some pictures about the Cistercian monks from France I think it was who came here in the 50's. It's kind of a funny story, they came and started rebuilding the church, but actually tore it up instead, and the townspeople didn't like them and made them leave after a few years. Another cool thing I thought was the murals (frescos?) they have painted in a couple of the rooms. Anyway, a very nice visit in the museum. The church itself upstairs was a little harder to get in as they were having a wedding rehearsal and were closed. I waited about 15 minutes till it was over and did spend a few moments inside. Very pretty place but not really overly ornate. Talked to another lady up there. Now she was in charge - every fiber in her body let you know that she was the gatekeeper - still kind of friendly though she was ready to leave and wanted to close. I don't know, more than the church itself, I liked being around the older ladies in the church today.
Written 11 October 2021
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Luv2Grdn
Chino, CA32 contributions
St. Mary in the Mountains church was our first stop on our visit to Virginia city. Came in for prayer and reflection and to admire the beautiful architecture. On our way out purchased books and cards from the gift shop at very reasonable prices. Loved it.
Written 19 July 2021
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MELISSA M
Louisville, KY61 contributions
Family
Walking into the church your breath is taken away by the beautiful stained glass and carved wood. Oldest church in Nevada! A must see!
Written 13 May 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,471 contributions
This is the old historic church in this small western town. You can't miss it as the spire is so tall and is especially visible from the main street. Worth a quick visit.
Written 22 April 2021
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Benjamin C
2 contributions
Solo
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 and why I love this church enough!!!!
Written 11 December 2020
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Ray S
Brea, CA1,061 contributions
Very interesting to find this church in Virginia City. Grand for where it is. Free to see. Bought 4 bottles of their $20 wine as a contribution.
Written 18 September 2020
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