"The Capitol Complex" Top 5 Page for this destination Harrisburg Things to Do Tip by PA2AKgirl

Harrisburg Things to Do: 34 reviews and 74 photos


The Pennsylvania State Capitol building is supposed to be one of the nicest state capitol buildings in the US. I don't know about that--haven't seen all of them--but it's pretty impressive. It was "architecturally inspired" by St. Peters Basilica in Rome and dedicated by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. The inside is even more impressive than the outside...

I can't remember how much the dome weighs right now, but it's a massive amount of weight. The inside is decorated with marble and gold leafing...great murals, too, impressive rotunda. I like this building! There are free tours given of the facility daily...

The other buildings within the complex include the finance, forum, labor and industry, health and welfare buildings as well as the senate and house chambers (as part of the capitol building...)

Soldiers Grove is a lot like the Mall in DC (this whole complex is somewhat like Capitol Hill in DC) but on a smaller scale.

Address: Center City, Harrisburg
Directions: North, Commonwealth, Capitol, State, Forester Streets.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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