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Also known as the First Baptist Church in America, the First Baptist Meetinghouse is home to the oldest Baptist congregation in the United States, and is the Mother Church for all Baptists in the country. The congregation was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.
The present church building was constructed on College Hill between 1774 and 1775 in the Georgian style of architecture. Its design represents a dramatic departure from the traditional Baptist meetinghouse style, in that it is the first Baptist church to have a steeple and a bell. The design of the steeple was inspired by that of Saint-Martin's-in-the-Field in London.
In addition to weekly services, the First Baptist Meetinghouse hosts concerts, talks, and lectures by renowned musicians and speakers on various subjects.
Directions: The First Baptist Meetinghouse is located at 75 North Main Street, just east of downtown Providence.
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