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Address: 84 Cumberland St, Woonsocket, RI 02895-3343
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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Amazing, painted treasure!

This place should be much better known than it is. Inside this large church are the most phenomenal frescos that have to be seen to be believed. The church is 100 years old and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place should be much better known than it is. Inside this large church are the most phenomenal frescos that have to be seen to be believed. The church is 100 years old and the frescos date from World War II. It's volunteer and donation run, so do your bit and visit this American treasure.

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Slatersville, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Went for an annual meeting and had appetizers. The meat pie was fabulous along with the spring rolls. I loved the fruit and veggie platter with dips. I could have eaten a whole sandwich of the chicken salad with walnuts.

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Sunday Tours are a must and will be available starting this April. Check out their website for the starting date. This wonderful venue can be rented for weddings, graduations, parties and so many additional uses. Just contact Wally Rathbun and Dom Doiron at the Center. They are the greatest and are so helpful in assisting you in planning your event

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Leominster MA
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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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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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