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Capitol Square

Capitol Square

Richmond's Capitol Square is a glorious oasis of old trees and green lawns in the heart of the downtown area, perched on a hilltop. The magnificent centrepiece is the neo-classical State Capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson, which has been in continuous use since 1788. In the Capitol's Rotunda stands Virginia's most treasured artwork, the life-sized statue of George Washington sculpted by Jean Antoine Houdon, for whom Washington posed.

Another highlight of the square is the Governor's Mansion, home of Virginia governors since 1813. The mansion, which has been restored but boasts its original woodwork, plaster cornices and ornamental ceilings, is open for tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (first floor only). Other historic buildings in the square include the old Bell Tower, dating from 1824, which houses a visitor centre providing tourist information about Virginia; and the Neo-classical Old Finance Building.

There are a few notable statues within the
Address: Main entrance on Bank Street, between 9th and 10th Stre
Website: www.vacapitol.org/square.htm
Telephone: (804) 698 1788
Opening Time: Open daily. Guided tours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm.
Admission: State Capitol tours are free.

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