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Virginia Capitol Building, Richmond

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#2 of 25 in Historic Sites in Richmond
Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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Virginia Capitol Building represents a National Historic Landmark designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau. Occupied in 1788, the building also served as the capitol of the Confederacy during the American Civil War and survived a major city fire in April 1865. It was modeled off of the ancient Roman temple Maison Carree. Two new wings for the House and Senate were added by 1906 and an underground visitor center was opened in 2007. You can take a guided tour during scheduled times daily, or opt for a self-guided tour. By using our Richmond visit planner, you can arrange your visit to Virginia Capitol Building and other attractions in Richmond.
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  • We have lived in VA for over thirty years and had never visited the state capitol building. We were surprised to learn the influence Thomas Jefferson had on the design of this most impressive center.....  more
    We have lived in VA for over thirty years and had never visited the state capitol building. We were surprised to learn the influence Thomas Jefferson had on the design of this most impressive center.....  more »
  • While there were several major construction projects ongoing around the exterior of the building, the tour of the inside of the Capital was not affected and was excellent. We were very fortunate to....  more
    While there were several major construction projects ongoing around the exterior of the building, the tour of the inside of the Capital was not affected and was excellent. We were very fortunate to....  more »
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  • Great tour of a historic building with intriguing art work and statues. Must enter on the West entrance and parking is not close by. Parking is available in and around the Capitol area but will require walking at least a few blocks and likely using a mobile parking app. Walking around the grounds is nice as well and you can see the governor’s mansion.
  • 100% recommend visiting the Virginia State Capitol, but make sure you find the entrance! The entrance is on the sidewalk and goes below the Capitol to enter! I visited over a month ago and learned so much, and had an amazing time. The guided tour was fantastic, and my guide was extremely insightful and kind. I did the last tour of the day on a weekday and was only 1/2 people on the tour. 10/10 would go back!

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