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State House

82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
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Ranked #6 of 70 attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings
Description: This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.
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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Didn't go inside (no time) but the view at night is outstanding!! Just a very nice building to look at on nice grounds with green grass and weeping willow trees.

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We had a few days in RI and I has seen the Statehouse from afar so we decided to visit. It was an amazing building with superb architecture and furnishings. It was also free to view with as much time as you like to go through the building. Security check was quick and thorough. We spent ages wandering around and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We were in Providence for just a few hours, so visited the State House from only the outside. A magnificent building in attractive grounds, and worth viewing from both the front and the back. The building is an eye-catching landmark, and we found that we continued taking photos of it from many other locations as we walked around the center... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Statehouse reminded us of the capitol in DC, the description of this magnificent structure and the history were told to us by Thomas at the Hampton Inn and Suites just a short walk away. It was fascinating to learn the history of the structure and the fact that it has the fourth largest unsupported marble dome in the world.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

As already mentioned in other reviews, this is an excellent site to visit. You don't need to go with there in a group tour but you can visit by yourself in about 15-20 minutes. Be sure to look at both chambers and the library.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had a great tour guide today (Thursday 6/26/2014 at 1:00) I apologize we have forgotten her name. There was not a question she couldn't answer and she made the tour very interesting. The capital is beautiful but surprisingly the inside was not as ornate as some of the other capitals we have visited. Nonetheless it is well worth you... More

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Alexandria, VA
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The marble dome of the Capitol thrusts itself into the sky over Providence as a symbol of the importance of public policy to a healthy and prosperous state. The expansive sidewalks on the south and north sides beckon the visitor to enter for a closer look at the political process, a key to the enactment of public policies. Even though... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We visited here in May and were unaware that we could actually go in and walk around and take pictures.The Police Officer at the entrance was so courteous and made our visit even more pleasurable.The building itself is amazing inside and the marble statues of tribute to US forces were nice to see.There are many artefacts from the Civil War... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The state house was super easy to get to and park at. This made it easy to get out take a quick couple of pictures and be on our way.

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New Orleans
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Rhode Island State House is truly an architectural wonder with one of the largest domes in the world. Ask for a guided tour so as not to miss any historically significant features.

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