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    The State Capitol

    by Djinn76 Updated Aug 19, 2004

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    Built in 1883, at that time, it was said to be the 7th largest building in the world! This is obviously the main attraction of the city.
    Austin is the capital of the Texas state and this building is the heart of the political institutions.

    You can walk around the nice park but make sure you also have a look inside. This is free and definitely worth it. The first thing you will see is the main hall, the dome from inside is really impressive. This building is indeed similar to the Washington capitol but it is even taller (311feet)!!
    You will also be able to walk through the room where the Senate Chamber and the House of Representatives hold their meetings.

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    State Capitol

    by Skibbe Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Southside view from Congress Avenue

    Texans are known for bragging but many travelers believe this is the most beautiful state capitol building in America. It was built in 1886 and carefully restored about a decade ago. I've been lucky enough to work here for more than 10 years.

    Catch a free tour from the rotunda. There are several each hour during the day.

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    The State Capital

    by ShinerBlonde Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Driving up to the Capital

    I'm kind of ashamed to say I haven't actually been inside the Capital for a long time (probably not since my Elementary School field trip), but the grounds of VERY nice. So, if you have the time to catch one of their many tours - Do! You'll be happy you did.

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    Grounds of the Capitol

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    The grounds of the Capitol Building take up 46 acres of immaculate, landscaped grounds with shade trees and flowering gardens.

    Terrys Texas Rangers monument and the Heroes of the Alamo monument stand on the North side.

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    Rotunda and Dome

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    The terrazzo tile floors on the first level, including the rotunda's Great Seal surrounded by the six seals of the countries whose flags have flown over Texas, were installed to celebrate the 1936 Texas Centennial. There are portraits of the Presidents of the Republic and Governors of the State which are on the walls circling the four public levels of the rotunda.

    This shot is looking up into the dome. The dome walls and other interior walls are Texas limestone. The star, in the dome is approximately 218 ft above was installed in 1958. It measures 8ft from point to point.

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    State Capitol

    by scott_txguy Written May 6, 2003

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    Texas State Capitol

    Well, it is the State Capitol - and formerly the capitol of the nation of the Republic of Texas when Texas was a country instead of a state. If course you have to see it. Don't miss the guided tour, it takes you through the massive new underground section, and you get to go through the galleries and legislative rooms. The capitol is built with Marble and Limestone from Texas. Congress Ave was originally fronted to lead from the colorado river dock up a long boulevard to the doors of the Capitol, to impress visiting dignitaries and easily move goods and services. It's still an impressive view to start at the river and drive up congress towards the captiol

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    Texas State Capitol Building

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 31, 2003

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    You can look down the stretch of Congress Avenue at this very impressive pink granite Capitol Building sitting at the end. The Capitol building is the home of the Texas government, which has seen more than a century of legislators and governors.

    The building was originally dedicated in 1888 but had a comprehensive renovation and restoration in 1995.
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    The Rotunda Floor

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 26, 2002

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    On the floor of the rotunda are images in marble of the Lone Star, the symbol of Texas, surrounded by symbols of the five countries who have ruled the state (France, Spain, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, and The United States. You get a good view from the first level looking down and hopefully while no one is standing on it.
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    The Largest State Capitol Building

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 26, 2002

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    The Capitol is the largest of all state capitol buildings and second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Capitol dome is 7 feet taller than the national Capitol in Washington, D.C. Goddess of Liberty stands atop the dome. Tours are easily available, and the building is open every day of the week for the public to walk through.
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    The Capitol

    by challenger Written Oct 7, 2002

    Austin’s Capitol is certainly its most distinctive landmark and a must for a visitor. As locals proudly like to point out it is in actual fact a few inches taller than the one in Washington, D.C.

    Guided tours are available MON-FRI from 08:30-16:30 and SAT/SUN from 09:30-16:30.

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    Texas State Capital.

    by SinKitty Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It is actually taller than the National Capital (once again proving the point that everything really is bigger in Texas). It has Texas written all over it. There are Lone Stars all over the thing, and all kinds statues of Texas heros. If you take a tour with a guide, then you'll get to see where the Texas legislature meets and hear some interesting tidbits. I have heard from a fairly reliable source that the crack in the huge Star in the middle of the capital was caused by one of the maintenance guys plummeting from the top of the dome to his death. I don't really know if this is true though.

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    The State Capitol - which is...

    by rhiannon1968 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The State Capitol - which is higher than the State Capitol in Washington. Texans like things big apparently, so they had to make it bigger than the country's first. It's an interesting building and there are some nice works of art inside, and air-conditioning, too.
    You can visit it by tour only (they run every half hour or so) and the opening times are the following: Monday -Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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    The Largest Capital in the USA

    by Jmill42 Updated Mar 25, 2006

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    With its red granite bricks, the Texas State Capital building "towers" above all others in the USA. It is even bigger than the National Capital in Washington DC.

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    State Capitol Visitor's Center

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 1, 2005
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    There's an excellent visitor's center on the State Capitol property. It has interactive exhibits for both Adults and Children.

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    Texas State Capitol Building

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 1, 2005
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    You can't miss this beautiful building. It was completely renovated in the '90's. Come see this magnificent structure.

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