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Virginia Capitol Building, Richmond

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#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Richmond
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Virginia Capitol Building represents a National Historic Landmark designed by Benjamin Franklin and French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau. Completed in 1788, the building served as the capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. It was modeled off of the ancient Roman temple Maison Carrée. Though it endured multiple fires during the colonial era, the structure is still grand. In the early 1900s, two wings were added. You can take a guided tour during scheduled times daily, or opt for a self-guided tour. See Virginia Capitol Building and all Richmond has to offer by arranging your trip with our Richmond itinerary builder.
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  • This has to be one of my favorite USA state capitol buildings yet. The amount of renovations they've done is very impressive and right on the mark for a tourist like me. It is free to visit and there ...  more »
  • Passed this building and learned some of its history while on a Segway tour of Richmond. Would like to have gone back and toured the inside... but an interesting building from the outside with an inte...  more »
  • We took a morning tour of the capitol building and enjoyed it thoroughly. We had a fine experience with the knowledgeable staff and felt they represented their stat building with pride.  more »
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  • Go on a Sunday when the road side parking are free and available. A nice walk around is very inspiring and historic!
  • The entrance is UNDER the capitol right on the sidewalk of Bank street and N 9th St! You can also ask for instructions at the BELL TOWER. Couldn't find the entrance and walked around the capitol for an hour! They have FREE tours that are really awesome, I managed to catch up on the end of one. The capitol is one of the most unique in all of the state capitols and is DEFINITELY worth a visit. Will go back again and take a good look at everything.
  • What a great place to visit and walk around. We were driving around on Sunday and decided to check out the grounds. Found the entrance and found our way into the Capital. What a great place of history.
  • The guided tour was very neat. The lady that took us through was very kind and had to deal with a large group of students. She handled it very well! The building itself was very cool! In the tour she took us in through the bottom of the building and showed us all of the rooms. There is a ton of very cool artifacts inside the building! If you have an hour, go check it out!
  • Just another piss poor state that has no parking for trucks and will ticket tired drivers for taking a nap on exit ramps with ample enough parking space glad my family doesn't drive in this state. Its sad the government takes money over safety and then trys to says different.

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Where to stay in Richmond

Richmond boasts a wide array of accommodations, including inns and national chain hotels. Those who want to take full advantage of the city's rich historical heritage should consider staying in the Northside area, home to a number of historic districts, or near the Boulevard, where you can find most of the city's museums. There are a number of apartment vacation rentals available in residential areas of the city; neighborhoods close to Virginia Commonwealth University are generally a safe bet for those wanting to take advantage of lively eateries, quirky stores, and bars.
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