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“An absolute must-see in Raleigh.”

North Carolina State Capitol
Ranked #20 of 146 things to do in Raleigh
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Owner description: The State Capitol building, built in 1840, is an excellent example of a civic structure in Greek Revival-style architecture. Though recently renovated, the building does contain some original furniture.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“An absolute must-see in Raleigh.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

As a proud American, an architect, and a nerd, I love state capitol buildings. The North Carolina capitol building in Raleigh is one of the more interesting ones I've stopped at.

Once again, the people of Raleigh are just as nice as it gets. The folks at the entry desk were so nice and helpful, and even the security guard at the security walk-through was professional, nice, funny, polite.. I just continue to be floored at how nice people are in this city. I can see why folks move here and why it's growing in population.

This historic building is a must-see when you're in Raleigh, or even remotely in the area. It's a great self-guided tour with the brochure they give you and the fun, hidden stairs and the dome and historic House and Senate chambers and the architectural details are fun to see. Needless to say, there's a lot of interesting history in North Carolina, some of it maybe not as popular as it once was when the world was different a couple of hundred years ago. But, they don't hide anything here, the intrepretive exhibits and plaques tell the story of the state and it's founders and it's so interesting, especially for someone from Minnesota. There are a lot of statues and signs around the Capitol grounds and there are just a ton of things to do in the immediate area. Raleigh is a great walking city and this time of year (fall) is beautiful here and the temperatures are perfect, I think.

I can't say enough good things about the people in this city and state, and in the whole region. What a great city to visit. If you're in this area you simply must stop and tour the North Carolina State Capitol building in Raleigh.

Visited November 2011
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Small but entertaining”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2010

My wife and I really enjoyed the State capitol. We first realized that there was a security checkpoint because the Governor still has an office there. I will say though this is best experienced during their Capital colonial days when actors dress up like people from NC history. The legislative and judicial branches are found in a different building. There are three floors. Each has it's own purpose. There was a display of flags and the General Giorgio Washington Statue. Yes it is a marble statue of George Washington dressed as Roman general by an Italian sculptor. There are also the rooms where the senate and House of representatives used to meet. These were remarkably small. However, we found that NC was the first state to elect a Black Senator in the 1890's, yeah he wouldn't get the right to vote for another 70 years. There is also the interesting in the offices that could have been made really nice but all the rooms are roped off.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Fun Experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2008

I am a huge fan of State Capitols (I try to take pictures of them in every state possible), and I really did enjoy the North Carolina State Capitol. The building itself is very impressive. I had a hard time figuring out which side was the "front" because they are all so impressive. In addition, the grounds of the state capitol are littered with dozens of statues, all depicting various events or people important to North Carolina. There is a state of three U.S. Presidents, a state dedicated to the soldiers who died in the Civil War (North Carolinians were the first soldiers to be killed and they were the last soldiers to be killed).

I'd definitely recommend a stop here to anyone who is fascinated by history. The state capitol is an impressive place.

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