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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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Amsterdam
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Be sure to ask about the "free tour" led by Capitol docents on the 2nd level. They were friendly and very knowledgeable. Very impressive architecture & history! You must clear security to enter the building but well worth the trip.

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Belleville, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The grandeur of this building almost leaves me at a loss for words. It is opulent. The amount of marble, gold leaf and stained glass is phenomenal. But the foyer tiled floor also gives a taste of local artisans and materials. Our tour guide was very good, covering the history of the building and Pennsylvania very well in around 45... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visited while neither the legislature or court were in session, so we had entry into both legislative chambers and the courtroom. The architecture and art in the Capitol are awesome! A half hour free guided tour is provided that is a must to gain a full appreciation of the building. The guides provide a great explanation of the history of... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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187 reviews 187 reviews
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1,014 helpful votes 1,014 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Possibly the nicest state capitol I've ever seen. It’s unique in its housing of all three branches of the government. Towering domes, staircases modeled after Paris opera house, marble walls imported from now closed mines run by monks in southern France, gorgeous paintings, and monstrous chandeliers weighing the equivalent of several pregnant hippopotamuses after a pizza party. It’s all here!... More

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Belfast
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We found this very interesting and a good afternoon spent wandering around, has a lovely cafe too. All the staff we met were very friendly and we would recommend this.

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Philadelphia, PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Not only is the PA state capital historically significant but the building is an architectural beauty. Just the marble that was used in creating the building is worth a look.

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Aurora, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

President Teddy Roosevelt dedicated this state capitol in 1906 stating something like it was the most beautiful building he had ever seen. Hard to argue with TR. Elaborate and elegant with a touch of the Gilded Age, the capitol tour is worth it-- Free! We went on a Sunday and in August so it was empty. It would be more... More

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