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Located at the city of Richmond, the Virginia State Capitol is notable for being designed by former president Thomas Jefferson. It was constructed from 1785 to 1792. Jefferson based the Capitol?s design from Maison Carr?e, a Roman temple in Nimes, France. It is one of the 11 US Capitols without a dome.

The Capitol currently houses the oldest legislative body in the United States, the Virginia General Assembly. The building was first occupied by the assembly in 1788. Despite being 215 years old, the Capitol is actually the eighth building to serve as the state?s government seat. Several historic events transpired inside the halls of this state house, such as the ratification of Virginia?s secession and Robert E. Lee?s induction as the overall commander of the Southern Army.

The area around the capitol is known as the Capitol Square, which contains several statues and monuments of notable Virginians such as George Washington and Patrick Henry.
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