Richmond Landmarks and Monuments

(Richmond, Virginia - VA, USA)

With its rich colonial history, Richmond is brimming with important historical sites, majestic landmarks and imposing monuments. The most prominent landmark in Richmond is the Virginia State Capitol, a Thomas Jefferson influenced edifice with an ornate interior, while St. John's Church in the Church Hill district is another fine example of Richmond's architectural treasures.

Among Richmond's more unusual buildings is the Egyptian Building, worth a visit for its distinctiveness. The concentration of monuments dedicated to significant Richmond individuals dotted along Monument Avenue is another area worthy of exploration, and if that isn't enough to satisfy you, head to Shockoe Slip, a picturesque wharf with a lot of character.

Virginia State Capitol

Address: 9th and Grace Streets, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel: +1 804 698 1788
Still in use today as Virginia's seat of government, Virginia State Capitol is the most prominent landmark in Richmond, visible from all point of the city and offering stunning views of Richmond and its surrounds from its portico. In use since 1788, Thomas Jefferson influenced its design and took his inspiration for the building from the Roman Maison Carré in Nimes, France. The interior boasts the only marble statue of George Washington that was modeled from life.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 16:00
Admission: free

Arthur Ashe Statue

Address: Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia VA, USA
A recent addition to Richmond's collection of monuments, the statue of the late tennis star Arthur Ashe was only erected in 1996 in response to the community's dissatisfaction over the choice in Richmond's memorials to white-only figures of the Confederacy. A dedicated patron of education and the game of tennis, Arthur Ashe left Richmond in 1961 through his frustration over the city's segregated tennis courts.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

White House of the Confederacy

Address: East Clay Street, Richmond, Virginia VA, USA
Tel: +1 804 649 1861
The one-time home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, this neo-Classical mansion is now open to the public. Recreated so that visitors can see the home as it would have appeared in the 1860s, the house offers tours that give an insight into Davis' life and other aspects of Confederate history.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge

Egyptian Building

Address: 1301 East Marshall Street, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23219-2047, USA
One of Richmond's more unusual landmarks, the Egyptian building belongs to the Medical College of Virginia. An excellent example of Egyptian Revival architecture, the structure was built in 1845 and is claimed by many to be the finest of its kind in the country.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Shockoe Slip

Address: Shockoe Slip, Richmond, Virginia VA, USA
Situated in the district of Shockoe Bottom, Shockoe Slip is a wharf area that was destroyed during the Civil War, but was later rebuilt in the 1890s to become the characteristic area it is today. Reminiscent of Richmond's industrial past, the wharf offers cobbled streets and brick warehouses that have been converted into modern amenities.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free