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Another in my ongoing project to visit and photograph all 50 US state capitol buildings. This series is from Providence, the capital city of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, a tiny seaside state nestled in between Massachusetts and Connecticut. It was founded in the 1600s by Puritan Roger Williams, whose at-the-time-too-liberal religious views made him an outcast in the restrictive Massachusetts Bay Colony. Setting out on his own, he founded the capital city of Providence as a place where all religions were welcome, and Rhode Island subsequently became a haven for religious freedom, a concept that would become one of the country's most basic founding principles.

Providence itself is a small but interesting city with a long history of cultural exchange brought about by its place as a New England shipping center. Today Providence is a thriving immigrant city and a hidden gem in the New England region. While Rhode Island itself has not fared well economically in recent years, Providence has had a minor Renaissance.

The State Capitol is the crown jewel of the city, visible from almost anywhere. A massive structure, it is topped by the fourth largest free-standing marble dome in the world, and second in the New World (after, interestingly, the dome of the state capitol of the state of Minnesota). This is a shot of the northern entrance of the capitol. The inscription just below the dome is merely a recitation of founding dates, but the inscription on the south side can be seen better in the workshop; it reads "To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained with full liberty in religious concernments".

Larger version on Flickr, here.
Full Rhode Island set on Flickr, here.

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