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State House

82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
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Ranked #7 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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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I visited the beautiful Rhode Island state house in Providence to see what morsels of history I might uncover within, but found mostly function (which, ultimately, is fine). The building is massive and ornate, reminiscent of the monuments in the nation's capitol, and very different from most other state houses I'd previously been. The lobby has some historical items and... More

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New Milford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Impressive library & the dome and senate chambers are a must see. Would have enjoyed a guided tour with more information on what we saw. As it was we just wandered around.

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Howell, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The title says it all. This bulding is incredible from an architectural point of view. The stairs, the floors, the columns, the walls and I didn't even mention the dome. Civil war cannon in lobby that was at battle of Gettysburg (has interesting story behind it). If you go make sure you walk around whole building to get full effect.... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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112 reviews 112 reviews
54 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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159 reviews 159 reviews
52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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309 reviews 309 reviews
130 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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