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Virginia Capitol Building

9th & Grace Sts, Richmond, VA 23219
804 698 1788
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Ranked #4 of 109 Attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime.

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VA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Was super to see where our government does their job! They offer free tours if one is interested, or you can wander around alone to explore. Beautifully done.

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virginia
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254 reviews 254 reviews
64 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Virginia seems to be full of sites connected to Thomas Jefferson. The Virginia Capitol building is one of them. Jefferson designed this building in the Roman style. It was the first state capitol built in that style. This building set a precedent for most capitol buildings in the U.S. In the visitor center there is an interesting exhibit concerning the... More

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Fulda
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159 reviews 159 reviews
49 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Getting to it is a bit of a hassle but as capitals go this is a good one. We skipped the tour and self guided mostly because there about half a million 8th graders running around. The exhibits and rooms that are open are plentiful and you really get to see the workings of the place. I was not expecting... More

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Fort Morgan, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate to visit in time for the last tour of the day, small group (5) and the tour guide who loved the building and talking about it. First impressions of the building is underwhelming, as there is no dome and relatively small in size. But the exterior speaks of the Jeffersonian Ideal. Enter from Banks Street, the only... More

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Darien
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24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Roman classical temple style building. The first in America. Designed by Jefferson while he served as ambassador to France. It was built in the 1780's and is relatively small, but it's classic lines and decor are stunning. The guide was excellent

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Parking is a little challenging but definitely worth the visit. The building and grounds were beautiful and the history behind it was very interesting. A visit the entire family enjoyed; the teens really liked the gift shop!

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was difficult to find a parking place near the entrance, but once we did it was a wonderful visit. The tour was excellent and the building very impressive. The guide was really well informed and easy to understand. We even enjoyed the gift shop!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is one of the prettiest capital buildings I have visited. The history in it is remarkable and educational. The grounds are beautiful, if your in Richmond this is a must see

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We visited the Capitol with friends who were visiting from New Hampshire. They, like us, had never seen their elected officials in session. Besides learning about the architecture of the building and understand Virginia's historical past and immersing ourselves in the political process we sat in on a session which, if never seen before, is a must to really appreciate... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The grounds and monuments were beautiful. There was some sort of rally going on while I was there, but that did not take away from the overall beauty... But, the guards kept a watchful eye on everyone in the vicinity. It made me not want to explore too much.

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