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Virginia Capitol Building

9th & Grace Sts, Richmond, VA 23219
804 698 1788
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Ranked #5 of 97 attractions in Richmond
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Virginia State Capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau. He was asked to provide input on the construction... more »
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is an old building that has been renovated several times. If you like American history, you will be happy you took the time to see this amazing place. Many recent movies shot using this building. Parking is usually a challenge. Not a problem if you don't mind walking.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Recently I attended a luncheon for me for my 10th Anniversary Lucheon. I walked the Capitol having arrived early. Spend some time on the grounds and enjoy the statutes and the elegant look. The Governor's mansion is also on the grounds. The Commonwealth has gone through considerable expense to build a visitors entrance and the self guided or guided tours... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stopped in for a quick look and a large student group was just leaving. We happened to meet the director of the page program for the capital, who had been working with these students. He was very informative and friendly and shared a lot of information with us about the legislative protocol and the capital itself. The building has... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

the building itself was not the draw. the house and senate chambers can be viewed by the public. if a debate is going on, stay and listen from the gallery and see how an idea is debated and voted on.

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Newport News, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had a tour with a narrator. His description of who and what and when and where was motivating. I felt proud of my nation and the accomplishments they have made in this building. There are many interesting places just out side there windows as well. Go and feel proud. Take pictures of Marble statues standing proud and feel the... More

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Kaysville, Utah
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186 reviews 186 reviews
110 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This building was designed by Thomas Jefferson while spending time in France. It houses the first ever statue of George Washington by a famous French sculptor. It also is the structure used for longest continuously held legislature in the entire Western Hemisphere! A wonderful place to pop in for a quick visit.

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Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is the oldest capitol in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. The story behind Jefferson's design is fascinating in itself. It was modeled on La Maison de Carree, an ancient Roman building in Nimes, France. Jefferson's original plaster model is still on display. The most fascinating feature is how Jefferson managed to... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This capitol was breath taking beautiful. Joanne was funny and knowledgeable. All should visit this building Our Nation's history began in this building.

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Richmond, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Take a stroll through beautiful Capital Square, admire the many sculptures, and then roam the halls of the Capitol building rich in Virginia & US History (by yourself or take one of the organized tours). Open to the public and free.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This building has undergone some recent innovations in technology. Getting a tour of the building was nice and the guide took you into each chamber and the Governors Office.

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