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Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex
Experience and see where history is made at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex grounds.
The 45-acre campus making up the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex includes buildings in and around Harrisburg. More than a century old, the Capitol Building itself is the focal point of the commonwealth’s governance hub.
A National Historic Landmark, the Pennsylvania State Capitol building was designed in 1902 and completed in 1906 after the Beaux Arts and American Renaissance style, with classical Renaissance themes and elements throughout the structure. “Envisioned as a palace of art” the capitol building was the tallest building between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for 80 years.
Beaux Arts architecture was a French style popular during the 19th century.
The building’s centerpiece, the Rotunda is a massive 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome, inspired by Michelangelo’s masterpiece design for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Inside the Rotunda, 4,000 lights and 48 portholes illuminate the dome. Eight murals by Philadelphia artist Edwin Austin Abbey illustrate Pennsylvania’s history. The Rotunda floor and adjacent halls are set with roughly 400 Moravian tiles, examples of American folk art, designed and manufactured by Henry Mercer at his Doylestown Moravian Pottery & Tile Works.
Among the buildings located in the Capitol Park Complex are the North Office Building, Irvis Office Building, Forum and Finance Buildings, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and Soldiers’ Grove.
The Pennsylvania Capitol website advises visitors to book tours early, at least a year in advance. Tours of any size must be booked in advance through the Tour Guide Office by calling 800.868.7672. Tours of the complex begin at the main capitol building. For a map and information visit pacapitol.com