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South Carolina State House

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Address: 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-734-2430
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A beautiful building with wonderful architectural detail.

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gorgeous architecture

we took the tour and our guide was knowledgeable we visited both houses of legislature and visited the main room where all the lobbyists came to talk to officials (rather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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glendora, ca
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199 reviews 199 reviews
51 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

we took the tour and our guide was knowledgeable we visited both houses of legislature and visited the main room where all the lobbyists came to talk to officials (rather interesting) some beautiful stairs, carvings, portraits, statues (john c calhoun) and lots of gorgeous ceilings it is easy to get around there and it is next to the u of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For students of the Civil War, this is a statehouse shelled by Union troops. The wounds are still marked by stars rather than repairs.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Didn't get to take the tour (timing didn't work out) but the guides were very friendly and helpful - we did see the video, which was informative and we enjoyed looking for the stars on the exterior that pointed out cannonball damage. Beautiful woodwork and glass inside, plus portraits of notable South Carolinians. Quite amazing that the exterior columns are... More 

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Bennettsville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Beautiful place and really nice love the sites and trees all around the State House we enjoyed it!!!

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very pretty architecture and surrounding grounds make for a nice walk either before or after you tour the building. Be sure to look for the stars on the outside of the building which are where cannon fire from Sherman's guns hit the building on his march to the sea. The building itself is not all that big but is well... More 

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New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

They offer free tour of the State House every hour. The place is beautiful. The tour was very informative and full of history. After the tour, you can walk around on your own unlike the State House in Harrisburg where you had to leave and not allowed to walk on the white marble staircase. The ground connecting the building is... More 

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Bronx, New York
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99 reviews 99 reviews
50 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The State Capitol's grounds are beautifully maintained, there are a lot of statues, markers and other items that inform visitors of South Carolina's history The building's architecture is great as well. Inside and out, although small, there is a lot of craftsmanship and art that are to be appreciated. The only negative was after the sun went down, the bugs... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I enjoyed my time at the South Carolina State House. Parking was easily accessible. I parked at a metered space on a street right next to the building. Parking was reasonably priced at 75 cents per hour, but the meters have a maximum 2 hour visit. And, the meters only accept coins. So, be prepared with a lot of quarters--and... More 

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Uniontown, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great pictures of prior heroes and legislators. Free tours are available, but we did not have enough time.

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new england
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76 reviews 76 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We liked seeing the architecture and decoration of the state house, but you can see what there is to see in perhaps less than an hour. The limited parking around the state house is meters and we saw lots of cars with tickets, so beware.

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