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Address: 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone Number: 401-356-0713
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Landmark which was once the center of the Sentintellist movement with...

Landmark which was once the center of the Sentintellist movement with frescoes modeled after the Sistine Chapel.

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A Gem - Not to Be Missed!

As beautiful as the frescos are, equally beautiful is the dedication of the volunteers and supporters who keep this gem open to the public. We had an amazing, heartfelt tour from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
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Leominster MA
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Leominster MA
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

As beautiful as the frescos are, equally beautiful is the dedication of the volunteers and supporters who keep this gem open to the public. We had an amazing, heartfelt tour from Wally, who gave us the history of Guido Nincheri's masterpiece and the congregation that commissioned it. Tours have stopped for the winter, but once they reopen for tours in... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Who knew that such a treasure.....frescos painted by Guido Nincheri in the 1940's on the ceilings and walls of French Canadian St Ann's Church existed right in my own back yard? You can take a tour on Sundays from 1-4 or make arrangements if you have a group. The guides are dedicated , knowledgable volunteers trying to keep this beautiful... More 

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Massachusetts
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

My friend found out about this place and we toured on Sunday. It is a former Roman Catholic church frescos are awesome and done over 8 years by an prolific Italian artist named Guido Nincheri in the 1940s (his work is also in Canada, Italy and NYC). It is the largest fresco collection in North America. The tour was about... More 

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

What a superb collection of frescos. Breakfast event on Sunday 27th was extremely well supported. Interesting tour guide, most reasonable cost @ $10. I don't think food would normally be available.

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Rhode Island's hidden jewel. St. Ann's Church in Woonsocket. The frescos are amazing. I have been to the Sistine Chapel and this is a close second. This was featured on "Chronicle" (WBZ 4 in Boston) and is well worth a visit and tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a must see! Such a hidden treasure is this most beautiful church. It is a shame the Diocese of RI decommissioned this treasure. The frescos were done in the same fashion as the real Sistine Chapel, wet plaster. It took the artist, Guido Nincheri, 8 years to complete. The stained glass windows rival any American Cathedral in my... More 

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

You have to go see this place to believe it. You cant believe the craft of this artist who created all the work. We kept looking and saying " we are in woonsocket ? " They need donations badly or this art will be destroyed.

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Millis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Beautiful church, easy to find, huge parking space. Great tour guides, very inexpensive. Really wonderful. A must see for anyone who loves art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

What an awesome place. Lots of local history combined with religion and art. The art work is as impressive as the Sistine chapel in Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The most beautiful building in the state (excluding Newport Mansions). The staff is WONDERFUL and so heartwarming. The tours are very informative and you're guaranteed to learn something new. There's so much history in this diamond in the rough.

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