Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer (& home of the "chip monk")

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Avagara on June 28, 2009

According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas, this is the largest Catholic church in Nevada, seating over 2,200. It is right off the strip, near the Tropicana (visible to the right).

It is also one of the churches of which it is said that there is (or was) a Franciscan Friar who used to (or still does) go around to the casinos to cash casino chips put in the collection basket, earning him the nickname of "chip monk." Surprisingly, the urban legend debunking site Snopes.com confirms the story, but there is a conflicting story from a local neighborhood paper that identifies the "chip monk" as Dale Dombrowski, a lay person, not a friar, who sometimes played organ here but regularly played at the Roman Catholic Guardian Angel Cathedral. He claims to have performed the chip cashing duties and was given the nick name of "chip monk," according to the story.

This image is a composite panorama of seven shots, showing the nearby hotels from the strip, showing on the left THE Hotel on the Mandalay Bay site and Luxor, and on the right the Tropicana.

Sabata on January 13, 2011

The church in the foreground with the three casinos in the background makes a fantastic panorama! Like + Fave! Greetings from Germany

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  • Uploaded on June 28, 2009
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    by Avagara
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90
    • Taken on 2009/06/19 15:32:09
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    • Focal Length: 26.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
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