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Key Info

1000 Bank St.

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun 1-5 p.m.

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

In 1861, following Virginia's secession from the Union, Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy. The city's capitol building subsequently became the home of both the state's General Assembly as well as the Confederate Congress. Today, visitors stop by this imposing building not only to learn of Virginia's government history but to snap photos of its architecture, as it was partially designed by Thomas Jefferson (Charles-Louis Clerisseau, a French architect, also lent a hand). The surrounding area, known as Capitol Square, has several monuments dedicated to the civil rights movement, as well as to prominent Virginians like Edgar Allan Poe and George Washington.

Recent visitors said they were pleasantly surprised by how interesting a visit to the capitol building proved to be. Along with the unique architecture, reviewers also praised the knowledgeable guides and encouraged future visitors to join in on a free guided tour.

The capitol is open to the public Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free guided tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, free guided tours are available from 1 to 4 p.m. Keep in mind that this is still the seat of government for Virginia, so you might want to visit the official website for details on the legislative sessions as well.

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