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Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg

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Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Joseph Huston, Pennsylvania State Capitol once inspired Theodore Roosevelt to claim it was the handsomest building he ever saw. A palace of art, the building houses a large collection of paintings, sculptures, and large-scale murals created by some of the finest artisans of the 19th century. Completed in 1906, the building now counts among the country's major architectural landmarks, featuring a vaulted dome and grand staircase. Start at the main rotunda, with handcrafted tile mosaics designed to show Pennsylvania's history, symbols, and animals. From there, join a guided tour of the building's main chambers, noted for their stained-glass windows created by artist William B. Van Ingen. Tours happen several times daily. Put Pennsylvania State Capitol into our Harrisburg itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Harrisburg.
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  • This is in my hometown Harrisburg, free tours every hour, free walk around in the capital and the paintings are out of this world! You just got to see this spectacular and beautiful Capital of Pennsyl...  more »
  • Well located and easily accessible, the Capitol is a great visit. Has some items on display in the American civil war. The building is very nice and big, and the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the State, which are beautiful, the building is the Renaissance style. When I was there, there was a presentation of a school choir and a small Orchestra. Got a tour of the building in which everything is explained. Spent on average 1 hour and a half to visit any site. I really enjoyed.
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  • great place to visit, beautiful inside, can picnic on the front steps in the sun and free. easy walk to restaurants in area