Our Virginia State Capitol recently gained a new addition in homage to one of our nation's greatest founders and leaders in the form of an eight-foot-tall statue. The likeness of the statue is none other than the architect for the building itself, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson is depicted in his early forties in the statue, the approximate age he was while serving as minister to France in Paris when he agreed to design the Virginia seat of government. The Capitol is our nation's oldest continuously used state capitol building, and Jefferson's design was based upon a building he had seen in Nimes, France. The newly unveiled statue portrays him holding an architectural document for the building. The statue weighs a titanic 800 pounds and will be viewed by over one hundred thousand visitors to the Capitol every year. The Capitol is one of Richmond's most popular tourist attractions. Admission and guided tours are free daily. Capitol Square is a green oasis in the middle of downtown Richmond and is a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.