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“Not that impressed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Capitol Building

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
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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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“Not that impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Don't get me wrong the building is beautiful but nothing special. I may have a different perspective if we would of had a tour guide but we were the only two there so we took a self guided tour. We missed out on all the history and backstory but got to walk around and view the beautiful architecture.

Visited September 2013
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“Jefferson's Architectural Triumph”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This is probably the most beautiful Capitol in the United States. It is perched on a hill, glistening white in the neoclassical style. To preserve its beauty, the added wings were built beneath it. We began our tour at the base of the hill. Everyone inside was friendly and helpful; our guide, an impeccably dressed, elderly Virginia gentleman was charming and informative. He pointed out that the movie "Lincoln" was filmed in the historic chambers. Those chambers are wonderful period pieces containing art work and Jefferson's original model of the building. I was especially interested in the House chamber where a statue of Robert E. Lee, commemorating his acceptance of the command of the Army of Northern Virginia, stands at the center. Lastly, there is an excellent gift shop!

Visited August 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Jefferson design capitol”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The very first state capitol ever built in the newly formed country. Designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. It is the model of many building in Washington DC and many other state capitols. Go there and take a tour to hear the about the history of the building.
The downside, the building and site is so pristine the feel of the history many have been lost.

Visited August 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Rich History With Elegance and Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

For those visiting Richmond, Virginia you absolutely must take a couple of hours to visit the Virginia Capital building.

You may recognize several views of the Capital from movies you've seen as it is often used in shots that are supposed to be the White House. That is because it was originally designed by Thomas Jefferson using neo-classical architecture featuring impressive Greek columns and features, which eventually became the "standard" for most government structures throughout America; it was the very first public building in the new country.

Virginia recently redesigned the entrance to the Capital building that now routes visitors underground and through a museum, which leads through marble-lined passages BENEATH the front steps and to exterior walls that are now under ground.

The tour guides are full of information regarding all points of interest, and then some. This is where it was agreed upon for Virginia to reluctantly enter the Civil War, and where Robert E. Lee resigned his Union commission and accepted his commission with the CSA.

A vast number of statues and busts adorn the rotunda and, the old House Chamber. Indeed, the original art and artifacts are impressive.

Take your children; this is a valuable lesson to add to their education.

Visited September 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Beautiful architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Free attraction in Richmond. A beautiful building. Love the partition of the senate and the congress. The sculpture of George Washington which is a life size. The building is well maintained and everyone who wants to enter the place need to go through security, have bags checked and of course the metal detector. The tour guide inside the building is very good and knowledgeable. Love the place.

Visited August 2013
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