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North Carolina State Capitol

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Address: 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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+1 919-733-4994
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The State Capitol building, built in 1840, is an excellent example of a...

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.

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Beautiful and historic

I wish that I had allotted more time here because this is a wonderful and historic building! I'm coming back when I can spend the recommended "one hour minimum"

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2015
Therese H
Memphis, Tennessee
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

I've visited about fifteen state capitals and this one was not as impressive as I have seen in other states; however, maybe that's a good thing that they didn't waste taxpayer money... Beautiful landscaping and interesting visit.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

I wish that I had allotted more time here because this is a wonderful and historic building! I'm coming back when I can spend the recommended "one hour minimum"

1 Thank Therese H
Calabash, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Downtown was very quiet on a Saturday. Free parking on streets. Excellent guided tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Didn't expect much, but really enjoyed learning about the history of this beautiful building. Many rooms have been restored to their original beauty. Highly recommended.

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United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

A fun place with little gems of history. The grounds are a great place for walking. Since our group had three babies, the walk through the building was short enough for all of our group to fully appreciate the trip.

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Massapequa, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

The North Carolina State Capital is a old building which had a part in NC's history especially Civil War history. It is not very well labeled and have guards that can be critical of visitors.

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Grovetown, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Certainly the least grand capitol building I've seen. Still very intersting. WAY too many confederate memorials, but what are you gonna do? Fun to stroll around in.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

The guards were not very helpful to tourists and one kept talking to another staff member. The governor is the only one with an office in the building which is why the guards are there. There isn't too much architecturally to see. The statue of Washington in a toga is odd. The original rooms are restored upstairs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

We did a quick tour and the guy was very informational! I loved hearing all the random facts about NC and the fun stories!

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

We did a self guided tour and found the building and the history very interesting. The historic flags were amazing. Don't miss the top floor and the geologic office. And notice the chipped stairs from a wheel barrow hauling wood upstairs for the chamber fireplaces.

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Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We were impressed by all the statues of warriors from past wars. Now with all the controversy about the Confederate flag, it is refreshing to see a balanced approach to honoring the soldiers from all past wars. We enjoyed walking around with our two sons who came from CT to meet us in North Carolina. We took plenty of pictures... More 

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