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Pennsylvania State Capitol

Third Street, ird Street d Street Street reet et, Harrisburg, PA 17101
800-868-7672
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Ranked #1 of 24 Attractions in Harrisburg
Type: Government Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building I ever saw”. Indeed, the State Capitol, with its... more » Owner description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building I ever saw”. Indeed, the State Capitol, with its vaulted dome and grand staircase and the murals and painted floors inside, is thing to behold. « less
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Olathe, Kansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A Philadelphia architect, Joseph M. Huston, chose the Renaissance Revival style for this beautiful statehouse. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated this capitol building and remarked, "It is the handsomest building I've ever seen." The Pennsylvania State Capitol is indeed a handsome building. An aside - the architect later went to prison, convicted of fraud in the building's financing and... More

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OCALA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This building is absolutely wonderful. A must see if driving thru Harrisburg. Just off 81 & 83. Lots of parking. Just stunning. Walk around outside & inside of building a must!!Also, PA museum right beside it. Plus, 2 wonderful churches within walking distance as well. Lots of cafe, bars to eat also. Take a break and visit...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Great building absolutely beautiful architecture and décor.nice tour informative guide. handicapped entrance and parking in back

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Hartford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Words cannot describe the architectural detail of this tremendous building. We enjoyed the tour on a Sunday afternoon. From the tile floor of the rotunda to the dome above the rotunda one can see the extreme effort that went into construction of the building. Aside from the details of the buildings, the tour guide made mention of some specific jobs... More

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you are in Harrisburg, definitely make a stop at the Capitol. It is more like an art museum than a government building. The guided tour is the way to go because you get so much information on the history of the art and the origin of the materials used, plus you can ask questions! It's quite impressive! The House... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Other reviewers have noted this is the prettiest interior for a State Capitol they have ever seen. All I can say is: I have been to many other capitols, and totally agree that this one, by far, has a very good internal "look and feel" that exceeds all others. The only negative was a minor one: we could not find... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I lived in Harrisburg for years and did tour the state capitol building twice. I recommend a guided tour or you may miss many of the details. You enter through large bronze doors crafted with historic engravings. Inside there are beautiful murals, hand-crafted tile floors and a dome over the large rotunda with significant medallions and murals. Consider driving to... More

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is the main attraction in Harrisburg, and a fantastic building to visit. The different rooms (senate/representatives/supreme court) are very well decorated and the guide explained us all about it very well. Too bad that there is nothing much else to do in this city, wouldn't advice anyone to stay longer than (part of) a day.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

This is the most opulent of the state capitols I've visited. You should definitely plan to go when you can take a guided tour. There's a lot of history here, and the decorations on the building are really impressive. If you want to see the House or Senate in session, call the capitol visitors office in advance of your trip... More

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

I heard so much about the State Capitol and i just had to see it for myself. It was absolutely magnificent. We were taken around the building through the tour and we learned a lot about the building itself. I am glad we came to visit the State Capitol.

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