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First Baptist Church in America

  • 75 N. Main St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 12/23/2013

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This historic house of worship was built in 1775 for a congregation established in 1638 by Roger Williams and his fellow Puritan dissenters. One of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Colonia America, the church was built to seat 1,200 people and to this day is used for Brown University's baccalaureate ceremony. The 185-foot steeple was put up in 3½ days. The auditorium's large crystal chandelier from Ireland was installed in 1792. Self-guided tour booklets

are available in multiple languages.

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75 N. Main St., Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $2
  • Weekdays 10–noon and 1–3. Guided tours Memorial Day–Labor Day.

Updated 12/23/2013


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May 13, 2009

Worthwhile historic church

Very enjoyable old historic church, has plenty of tasteful detail, including a lovely crystal chandelier. Well worth a stop-in for its short self-guided tour.

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