California State Capitol, Sacramento

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    main rotunda with statue
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    View of Capitol from the park
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  • California State Capitol Building

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated May 29, 2004

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    The capital of the state of California, Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 383 miles north of Los Angeles. California's Capitol building was designed by architects M.F. Butler and Reuben Clark in the Roman Corinthian style. Work began in 1860 and ended in 1874 at the cost of $245 million.

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    California State Capitol

    by cheap_tourist Updated Jul 8, 2005

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    California State Capitol at Dusk

    The California State Capitol is very visitor-friendly. It is open even during Saturdays and Sundays. I visited on a Sunday and joined a free tour of the building. The guide was both informative and entertaining. Our group was allowed to view the legislators at work from the balcony. Apparently, they were working overtime (on a Sunday) because of a budget impasse. It's really amazing to see our elected officials at work.

    Behind the Capitol is a beautiful park. The Vietnam War Memorial there is a poignant reminder of the lives lost in that conflict. Fittingly, beside the memorial is a rose garden.

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    State Capitol

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 22, 2013

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    The Capitol is from 1861-74, and has been used for public needs since. The tours are 8-5 daily on weekdays, and 9-5 weekends. Tours last about 3/4 hour. Individually you can go through the building and see the commemoration in the basement of all counties of the State. The upper levels are mostly the premises of politicians activities.

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    Go and see the Capitol Building

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    State Capitol

    Not an easy building to photograph, mainly because of the tall trees. Also, I arrived quite early in the morning, and the sun was casting shadows. Oh well, at least I did see the famous State Capitol. I could hardly not include it in this page could I?

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    State Capitol

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    California State Capitol, Downtown Sacramento
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    California has a very attractive, ornate state capitol building. The third capitol building in Sacramento, it was begun in 1860 and completed in 1874. Although broadly similar in its basic neo-classical design similar to the U.S. Capitol, it has many unique elements and rich detail. The interior, in particular, is more Victorian than neo-classical and clearly shows the mid-19th century Victorian character of the building, contrasting with outwardly somewhat similar, later Beaux-Arts buildings. This capitol has a very aesthetically appealing layout and the combination of the dark dome one white structure gives an aesthetcially interesting appearance. The inside is extremely ornate, with numerous shutters, dark, richly detailed woodwork, and much gilded decoration. The building is well-maintained, despite constant need for small repairs here and there, having undergone a major renovation and seismic retrofit in the early 1980s.

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    Try to make it to the Capitol,...

    by politigal Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Try to make it to the Capitol, it's hard to miss, being tha tit is smack dab in the middle of the city....what's the saying? all raods lead to....no, that's Rome..well I guess there isn't a saying but regardless of its lacking a motto, the Capitol of California is an absolutly gorgeous building with pristine grounds that rival some botanical gardens! Plus, I work there, which makes it extra special super cool! Drop me a line if you'd like a personalized tour of my very beautiful place of employment.

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    The State Capitol in...

    by Jeannette1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    California State Capitol Building

    The State Capitol in Sacramento was built in 1874 and is noted for its large glass dome. There are free guided tours of the main building and chambers. Included in the building are seven historic museum rooms depicting state government at the turn of the century. Depending on the time you visit, you can also see the California legislature in session.
    Gray Davis (a democrat) is the current California Governor.

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    State Capitol

    by sunnywong Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The dome of the state capitol stands proudly in a spacious green park two blocks south of K Street Mall. Recently restored to its original elegance, and still the seat of state government, the luxurious building brims over with finely crafted details. Although you’re free to walk around, you’ll see a lot more if you take one of the free hourly tours (daily 9am–5pm).

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    A Very Nice Capitol

    by DueSer Written Jan 29, 2009
    Dome Interior

    Having grown up in California, one trip every school-age child must make is to our fair capital, Sacramento. From Southern California, it was a hectic day - getting to school way too early in order to board a bus to take us to the airport to fly us to Sacramento (with a stopover in San Francisco).

    That said, it was a fun trip. Our capitol building is especially beautiful and it's free, so it makes for a nice stop if you're visiting the city. It's not too far from Old Sacramento or from the freeway so it isn't too out of your way. There is a lot of street parking available around the capitol and, if you don't mind dodging some schoolchildren making their trek for Civics class, you can learn quite a bit about California history, which, in my opinion, is quite interesting. We were our own country, ya know, for all of about 5 minutes.

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    California's Capitol

    by einstein47 Updated Mar 23, 2004

    Okay... It's been a long time since I've seen this, but I think there's a tile floor mural showing the state seal somewhere. Also, as I know it, you can see the state secretary and the state treasurer sometimes, but unfortunately, the Governator is off limits.

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    See the capitol, you're THERE

    by beaniezotzim Written Feb 11, 2004
    posing in front of Gov. Shwartzeneggars office

    after almost 29 years of living in California... I finally went to the state capitol and looked around. It was interesting. a must see if you are doing to touristy thing. one pretty neat thing is they had some of the old offices set up and there were people dressed in period costumes and those people would tell the tourists about that specific room... like who what when where why and how. pretty cool.

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    Lots and Lots of Camelias

    by mcpangie Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Lovely Flower

    I took this picture near the Civil War Memorial Grove. I was tempted to crawl around under the trees and look for names, but the ground was muddy. There are something like 186 varieties of camillias in the Capitol Park. Does anyone know what variety this is? Please let me know and I'll update this tip!

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    Civil War Memorial Grove

    by mcpangie Written Feb 28, 2004
    Dedicating Plaque

    The inscription says:

    This Grove Of Trees: As saplings, transplanted from southern battlefields was dedicated to the memory of Union Veterans of the Civil War and presented to the State of California May 1, 1887 by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic of California and Nevada.

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    Pioneer Camellia Grove

    by mcpangie Updated Feb 28, 2004
    Commemorative Plaque

    The inspcription says...

    Established as a living memorial to the early builders of California in recognation of their courage, determination & contribution towards progress in this community & our Golden State. Dedicated June 7, 1953 by the Sacramento County Parlors of the Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West.


    The tradition started about a hundred years before this plaque.

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    Pioneer Camellia Grove

    by mcpangie Updated Feb 28, 2004
    Camellia Grove

    In this picture you can see a handful of camellia, from the distance. I created a travelogue with lots of close-ups of the flowers I saw.

    I took these pictures in February, a wonderful time to see the trees in Capitol Park. It was so fragrant, very lovely.

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