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    Plan to Visit Texas State Capitol

    by Ahidyn Written Jul 4, 2008

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    It is Taller than US capital, and one of the most visit attraction in Texas. Free 45 minutes Capitol tours are conducted daily. This tour features the Capitol, Texas history, and the Texas legislature.
    Visitor Parking is available in the parking garage at San Jacinto and 12th Street. ( First two hours are free)

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    The State Capitol Building

    by basstbn Updated Feb 14, 2006

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    This is one of the more impressive state capitol buildings I have seen. Though similar in design to many others, it seems to be "Texas-sized" and overwhelming, standing taller than the US capitol building. Constructed between 1882 and 1888, this edifice features red granite quarried within the state.

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  • State Capitol of Texas

    by bhencey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its "significant contribution to American history," the Texas Capitol is an impressive example of late 19th century public architecture. The largest in gross square footage of all state capitols, it is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    The Capitol Building..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Aug 11, 2003

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    Texas Capitol Building..

    The Capitol Building is a must see... it's a truely beautiful building. A very Grand piece of architecture..

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    Legislative Chambers

    by keeweechic Updated May 17, 2003

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    Visitors may view Senate and House proceedings during the legislative session although nothing was happening when we were there. The House Chamber is the largest room in the building.
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