Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sistine Chapel in Woonsocket

If you are looking for something "artsy" to do on a Sunday afternoon, take the tour of St. Ann's ceiling frescoes in Woonsocket, RI. The former Catholic church, and now cultural center, gives tours every Sunday 1-4 to show off the largest collection of Michelangelo-type fresco paintings in North America. In fact, it is larger than even the Sistine Chapel -- and a lot closer! Completed over an 8-year period in the 1940s by Florentine artist Guido Nincheri, the spectacular frescoes boast over 475 faces of parishoners at the time, and were painted  the same way as Michelangelo -- on scaffolding 65 feet high over wet plaster. This photo shows the dome above the altar and is only a fraction of the amazing art you will see, including the incredible stained glass windows. The Cultural Center is located at 84 Cumberland St., and is easy to find -- 2 blocks east of Rte. 126, in northern Woonsocket, just over the Massachusetts border -- a straight shot from Wrentham. For more information go to

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