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“Incredible Masterpiece”

Pennsylvania State Capitol
Ranked #2 of 54 things to do in Harrisburg
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Owner description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building I ever saw”. Indeed, the State Capitol, with its vaulted dome and grand staircase and the murals and painted floors inside, is thing to behold.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
305 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Incredible Masterpiece”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Visited while neither the legislature or court were in session, so we had entry into both legislative chambers and the courtroom. The architecture and art in the Capitol are awesome! A half hour free guided tour is provided that is a must to gain a full appreciation of the building. The guides provide a great explanation of the history of the building and the art work that make it very beautiful. After the tour, you are able to explore on your own and the complimentary booklet on the Capitol is very helpful.

Visited August 2014
Thank John G
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Acton, Massachusetts
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“Excellent historic monument!”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Possibly the nicest state capitol I've ever seen. It’s unique in its housing of all three branches of the government. Towering domes, staircases modeled after Paris opera house, marble walls imported from now closed mines run by monks in southern France, gorgeous paintings, and monstrous chandeliers weighing the equivalent of several pregnant hippopotamuses after a pizza party. It’s all here!

I took back to back tours. Only 30 minutes each, and they were a great and easy way to see the building.

Visited August 2014
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61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Extremely interesting.”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

We found this very interesting and a good afternoon spent wandering around, has a lovely cafe too. All the staff we met were very friendly and we would recommend this.

Visited July 2014
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Philadelphia, PA
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful and worth a visit”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Not only is the PA state capital historically significant but the building is an architectural beauty. Just the marble that was used in creating the building is worth a look.

Visited August 2014
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Aurora, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

President Teddy Roosevelt dedicated this state capitol in 1906 stating something like it was the most beautiful building he had ever seen. Hard to argue with TR. Elaborate and elegant with a touch of the Gilded Age, the capitol tour is worth it-- Free! We went on a Sunday and in August so it was empty. It would be more interesting to visit during session but was still excellent. Our tour guide was very personable and well informed. One party was from PA and decided they would no longer pay any taxes to the state- just start using some of the seemingly miles of gold overlaid on everything.

Visited August 2014
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