Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex, Harrisburg

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Joseph Huston, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex once inspired Theodore Roosevelt to claim it was the handsomest building he ever saw. A palace of art, the building houses a large collection of paintings, sculptures, and large-scale murals created by some of the finest artisans of the 19th century. Completed in 1906, the building now counts among the country's major architectural landmarks, featuring a vaulted dome and grand staircase. Start at the main rotunda, with handcrafted tile mosaics designed to show Pennsylvania's history, symbols, and animals. From there, join a guided tour of the building's main chambers, noted for their stained-glass windows created by artist William B. Van Ingen. Tours happen several times daily. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Harrisburg holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Tours are available so call ahead for a reservation. You don't want to miss seeing the inside of this beautifully restored structure. The tour takes you into important and amazingly decorated...  more »
  • My friend had her wedding ceremony right inside the Capital Rotunda. The Rotunda itself is absolutely beautiful. Add the ambience of a wedding it truly feels magical. The only thing that really sucks here is the parking. It was a Sunday when she got married so we were lucky that the meters are off on Sundays. Otherwise you would be walking maybe a block or two for parking. Absolutely gorgeous place. You walk in and the staircase itself is just the “wow” factor. Truly beautiful.
  • Harrisburg is Beautiful city, but definitely has some dark sides to it. There's a lot of non profits eating up good money that should be going to help people. For example, the Pa Council of Churches claim to be a Christian church and a non profit never preach the gossip or help the poor in any way but they rake in state and local funding. The place is a den of thieves. The person running the place is one of the worst corrupt and evil people around. A real con artist.

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