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Virginia Capitol Building, Richmond
(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I went on a guided tour, lead by a very informative, engaging lady. So much history to see and learn here in the gorgeous building. Highly recommend a visit. 
  • Welcome to the history of democracy, the Revolution and the Civil War. Wonderful tour with very informative and humorous guide. The statues of Washington and Lee are very powerful, Lee's in particular...  more »
  • Following its most recent restoration, this is one gorgeous state capitol building. So many historic events took place here, and our outstanding guide helped bring it all to life. We could almost feel...  more »
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  • Beautiful grounds that are easily walked, with lots of shade provided by gorgeous trees. Flowers and plants line every path. Amazing historic sites to take in, monuments and statues galore, and much more. A beautiful tribute to the Capitol of Virginia.
  • if you are anywhere close and you have the time you absolutely should visit this capital. One of the oldest in the country, beautifully maintained and some beautiful architecture. Try to take one of the tours it is worth the time and the effort An absolute must see
  • A must see for anyone visiting Richmond. Fascinating history and the building is remarkable in design and content. The free tour is highly recommended, delivered by people who clearly know their subject and are passionate about passing their knowledge on.
  • One of the oldest state capitols in America, its build after the Revolutionary War in 1785-1792, it was used as Congress of the Confederate States during the Civil War (1860-1865) on April 3 1865 US troops conquered CS capital Richmond and burned almost the whole city down accept the state capitol were the American flag was planted on top, President Abraham Lincoln visited Richmond a week before he was assassinated.
  • A fantastic way to spend an hour or so in Richmond. Tours start every hour on the hour, and lead you throughout the capitol. There's lots of history here, and the grounds are beautiful to walk around. Definitely worth your time.