Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville

Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville (must see)

Designed by architect William Strickland (1788–1854) of Philadelphia and Nashville, who is buried within the walls, the Tennessee State Capitol was built between 1845 and 1859 and is one of Nashville's most prominent examples of Greek Revival architecture. The building, one of 12 state capitols that does not have a dome, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

Monuments on the Capitol grounds include statues of two of the three Tennessee residents who served as President of the United States: Andrew Jackson by Clark Mills and Andrew Johnson by Jim Gray. The second President from Tennessee, James K. Polk, is buried in a tomb on the grounds, together with his wife, Sarah Childress Polk. Other monuments on the grounds include the Sgt. Alvin C. York Memorial by Felix de Weldon, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission Memorial, the Sam Davis Memorial, the Sen. Edward Ward Carmack Memorial, and the Memorial to Africans during the Middle Passage. The Charles Warterfield Reliquary is a group of broken limestone columns and fragments removed and saved from the State Capitol during the mid-1950s restoration, located near the northern belvedere on Capitol Drive.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place for a quick rest and sightseeing. The major rooms are open if not in session. The building sits on top of a hill which allows for very pretty views of downtown.

Tip:
Be prepared to go through a metal detector and security before entering but once inside you can wander around on your own.
There is a brochure for self-guided tours, but going with a guide is also an option and is definitely the way to see this beautiful, historic building.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
Free guided tours: 9-11am / 1-3pm (every hour, on the hour)

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Tennessee State Capitol on Map

Sight Name: Tennessee State Capitol
Sight Location: Nashville, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk II   City Orientation Walk I   A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill  

Walking Tours in Nashville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Nashville

Create Your Own Walk in Nashville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nashville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sites of Nashville

Religious Sites of Nashville

Being at the heart of Tennessee, Nashville features a great number of churches, cathedrals and other places of worship. Take the following walking tour to discover the most beautiful and interesting religious buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Vanderbilt Neighborhood Walk

Vanderbilt Neighborhood Walk

In this area you will find Vanderbilt University, Peabody College and Belmont University. Visit the neighborhood of National Historic Landmarks and learn about the history of the state's educational system. Enjoy a game with the Vanderbilt Commodores at the university's stadium!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill

A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is the site of Tennessee legislation. It is a spectacular combination of the past meeting the present, with open-air museums, modern towers, state buildings, bridges, and other attractions. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the heart of Tennessee.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Jewels of African American Education in Nashville

Jewels of African American Education in Nashville

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Music City Landmarks

Music City Landmarks

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour

Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km