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Virginia State Capitol

Our recent trip to Richmond wasn’t just about French films. We also spent some time sightseeing and making an additional French connection.

Here we’re on the lawn of the Virginia State Capitol, which was a short walk from our hotel. The seat of Virginia’s legislature, the building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, who modeled it after the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France. The wings on the left and right were added later and now house the Senate and House of Delegates chambers.

Here’s a bit of useless but relevant trivia:

The Virginia Capitol Police, whose officers patrol the State Capitol grounds and provide executive protection to the governor, is considered the oldest police force in the United States. It was founded in 1618, when Jamestown was still the colonial capital. The founding year is proudly displayed on uniform patches and patrol vehicles.

The Virginia Capitol Police was also running the security checkpoint when we visited the interior of the Capitol. The officers were exceptionally polite and professional when they passed us through the metal detector and x-rayed our belongings. They could teach the TSA a thing or two.