A Living Landmark to American Self-government
Since 1788, the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous legislature in the United States, has met in the Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, this unique building was the first example of Monumental Classic style constructed in the United States. For more than 200 years, its influenced American architecture and served as a prototype for many public buildings and private residence.
Recently, the Capitol was renovated and expanded with a 27,000 square-foot underground space that includes a gallery, cafe and meeting areas. There's also an original plaster model of the Capitol commissioned by Thomas Jefferson and a stunning granite and bronze Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square.
Visit the Capitol's official website, www.virginiacapitol.gov
, to view a detailed visitor’s guide, find information on parking and dining, learn more about the history of this remarkable building or take a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home.
Next time you travel to Richmond, be sure to include the Capitol in your sightseeing plans!