Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island. Founded in 1636, it is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Located at the mouth of the Providence River, it is the commercial and cultural hub of the state. The city is home to a number of historic sites, including the Roger Williams National Memorial, Providence Athenaeum, Rhode Island State House, and numerous other landmarks. It is also home to several universities, including Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Rhode Island. The city offers a diverse range of attractions, from historic sites and museums to parks and performing arts venues.