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“If your a history buff” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virginia Capitol Building

Virginia Capitol Building
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Owner description: Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime.
Hartfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“If your a history buff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

It's a 200 year old building full of history, young children would be bored.

Visited December 2010
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“Can't wait to go back and its FREE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2011

Thomas Jefferson’s structure is stunning, both inside and out. There are FREE guided tours available hourly. This building has so much history in the building as well as the artwork inside. This includes a life-size statue of George Washington done while he was alive. The rotunda is amazing as it has busts of all the VA born presidents and M Lafayette from the American Revolution.

There is so much to absorb including: The Old Senate Chamber dating back to 1788. The Jefferson Room, The Old hall of the House of Delegates where a) the Bill of Rights was ratified, b) Aaron Burr was tried for treason and c) Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Confederate Army.

As you leave don't forget to view all the monuments surrounding the capital -- Washington, Stonewall Jackson, etc. There is even a statue of Edgar Allan Poe. We will come back again; it is a must for any history buff as well as all Americans to learn about our country.

Visited April 2011
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101 reviews
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“close enough to walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

2 blocks from the confederate white house. park in the parking structure of the hospital.I downloaded the map online. we wanted to view the monumental church and the egyptian building first which is around the block and then to the capital building. it's a nice walk =10 min walk if you dont go around the block.-.and worth it to see the buildings and monuments.

Visited October 2011
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Indianapolis, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Educational”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

We did a quick, self-guided tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of things to look at and read about, and it is still a current legislative location, which made it all the more relevant.

Visited October 2011
2 Thank Leslie F
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San Juan, PR
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“Good visit for history buffs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

Virginia has done a very good job of keeping the old Capitol Building's historic ambience within the grounds, the latest refurbishing included digging under the hill where it's located to put more office space undergound and freeing space in the old building to be restored to 1800s/early 1900s look, without having to keep building up around it. (Too bad that Richmond boxed in a lot of its old historic buildings amidst office/business/etc. highrises during the 20th century -- e.g. the Confederate President's House engulfed on 3 sides by VCU Hospital -- you lose some context). Lots of history in the building and in the artwork inside (including the life-size statue of George Washington done while he still lived, a very valuable artifact in itself). The library and executive mansion nearby are also worthy places to visit both for architecture and content.

Visited October 2011
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