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Virginia State Capitol

Virginia State Capitol, VA
The Virginia State Capitol is the seat of state government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in Richmond, the third capital city of the U.S. … See more


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Jun 20, 2022
Gorgeous grounds, beautifully manicured. Some construction / renovations going on, but still nevertheless, a very worth visit. Tons of history and things to learn about. One of the few state capit… Full review by SpanishteacherMD
Jun 1, 2022
Definitely worth a visit of this historic capital building (not the most grand I've seen but so much history) and it's free. Make sure you take some time and opt for the guided tour (no charge). Th… Full review by 8ric
Mar 15, 2020
I am VA bread so to me this is the capital. it was amzing to take walk around. it is very beautiful grounds. The guided tour was great. It is a must see while in richmond. Take some to walk around t… Full review by matjaz2002


Oldest Legislative Body in the Western Hemisphere
The Virginia State Capitol is the seat of state government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in Richmond, the third capital city of the U.S. state of Virginia. It houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere, the Virginia General Assembly, first established as the House of Burgesses in 1619. The capitol was conceived of by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France. Although it was completed in 1788 and is currently 224 years old, the current Capitol is the eighth built to serve as Virginia's state house, primarily due to fires during the Colonial period. In the early 20th century, two wings were added, leading to its present appearance. In 1960, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. Colonial precursors During the American Colonial period, Virginia's first capital was Jamestown, where the first legislative body, the Virginia House of Burgesses, met in 1619. The new government used four state houses at different times at Jamestown due to fires. With the decision to relocated the government inland to Williamsburg in 1699, a grand new Capitol building was completed in November 1705. Nearby was the grand Governor's Palace. It burned in 1747 and was replaced in 1753. On June 29, 1776, Virginians declared their independence from Great Britain and wrote the state's first constitution, thereby creating an independent government four days before Congress voted for the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4. Design When it convened in Richmond on May 1, 1780, the legislature met in a makeshift building near Shockoe Bottom. Plans were begun for a new building to serve a new state, the commonwealth of Virginia. The site selected for a new, permanent building was on Shockoe Hill, a major hill overlooking the falls of the James River. Capitol Square The area around the Capitol is known as Capitol Square. It contains several monuments to prominent Virginians and events in Virginia: Virginia Washington Monument, 1858 In 1869, the monument was completed, with statues of the following encircling the base: Patrick Henry Thomas Jefferson Andrew Lewis John Marshall George Mason Thomas Nelson Jr.

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