Virginia State Capitol

Top choice notable building in Richmond

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Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the capitol building was completed in 1788 and houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere – the Virginia General Assembly, established in 1619. Free one-hour guided tours of the historic building are available between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, and between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday; a self-guided tour is also available. Temporary exhibits are staged in the underground galleries near the visitor entrance.