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1876 church perched on the edge of a mountain Virginia City Nevada United States

1876 church perched on the edge of a mountain

This church was originally built in 1868, then was rebuilt in 1876 after a fire that had destroyed much of Virginia City. It is perched, like the rest of the town, on the edge of a mountain at 6,000 feet elevation, so one can look out past the church across a hundred miles of desert in the distance.

The inside of the church is beautiful, even though much of it was destroyed by the Mad Monks of the 1950's, who thought the interior was too ostentatious (and the town only had 500 people, with much of it falling into ruin).