Thursday, January 10, 2008

Why Visit Richmond Virginia?

Virginia's capital city, Richmond, is one of America's most historic cities, but you do not have to be a history buff to enjoy all that Richmond has to offer. Today, Richmond is a flourishing cosmopolitan center with a blend of old world charm and new technologies. The city is a hub of business, educational opportunities and entertainment.

Top of the list of places to visit is the Byrd Theater. It is a stunning movie palace built about a hundred years ago. The architecture is representative of the era with Italian marble and stylishly painted murals inside. Theater boxes and a balcony overlook the auditorium below. For an extra treat on Saturday evenings, a Wurlitzer organ that once accompanied silent movies, is played. The audience can sing along because the words to the songs are displayed on the movie screen. The staff has fun in their 1920s clothing and second-run movies are shown every day. This is a favorite spot for locals and visitors to Richmond.

Next on the list is Shockoe Slip. Since the 17th century, Shockoe Slip, the city's oldest business quarter and once the site of the State Capitol building, has been a busy core of activity. Most of the earliest buildings were destroyed during the Civil War, however original cobblestones and structures dating from 1868-1888 make this striking historic area a perfect place to visit.

Today, you can find the elegant dining, ample shopping and various forms of entertainment.
No visit would be complete without a tour of the State Capitol building. This Classic Revival building, designed by Thomas Jefferson, was modeled after a Roman temple. The central rotunda features a life-size statue of George Washington and is reputed to be the only one he actually posed for. A smaller dome displays busts of the eight American presidents from Virginia. There is a museum in the old Hall of the House of Delegates. This building brings history to life.

Fourth on the list is the Fan District. The Fan District was built along 19th century trolley lines and the streets that comprise the district literally lay like a fan. Many of the houses feature a historical plaque that displays the year in which it was built, ranging from the 1890s to the 1930s for most. Although many have undergone restoration, most have retained the original woodwork stunning stained glass windows, grimacing gargoyles along with ornate carvings and pillars. Just to walk through the neighborhood is an activity. Neighbors are friendly and residents are VCU students or established community members. Tourists with children might want to stop at the gated playground on Park Avenue. Anyone interested in Richmond should visit this area.

No visit to Richmond would be complete with a visit to St. John's Church. St. John's Church is the site of the Virginia Convention of 1775 where patriots met to discuss the question of taking up arms against the British. This is the place where Patrick Henry said his famous words, "Give me liberty or give me death!" St. John's Church is one of the oldest wooden structures in Virginia.

These places will just get you started on your journey through Richmond. Once you visit you'll want to stay and Nolde Condos is a great place to live when you finally decide that Richmond is your new home town.

Nolde Condos is in the Church Hill neighborhood--a big city neighborhood with a small town feeling. The Church Hill neighborhood represents the historic environment of Richmond. This neighborhood includes most of the original 32 blocks of the town laid out by Captain William Mayo in 1737. Church Hill is one of the largest preserved nineteenth century quarters in the United States.

Karen Vertigan Pope writes for Ciniva Systems, an award winning Virginia web design company. Ciniva specializes in web design and SEO. Ms. Vertigan Pope is the Project Support Manager and SEO Specialist at Ciniva Systems.
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