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Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta

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Government Building
The Georgia State Capitol, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States, is an architecturally and historically significant building. It has been named a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the main office building of Georgia's government. The offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state are on the second floor, while the General Assembly meets on the third floor from January to April. The fourth floor houses visitors' galleries overlooking the legislative chambers and a museum.HistoryThe capitol site was occupied previously by the first Atlanta City Hall. To encourage the state government to relocate the capital city to rapidly growing and industrialized Atlanta from rural Milledgeville, the city donated the site. The first capitol in Louisville no longer stands, while in Augusta and Savannah the legislature met in makeshift facilties, perhaps causing (or caused by) the alternation of those two cities as capital. The legislature also met at other places, including Macon, especially during and just after the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War.
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  • My son likes to go to the capitols of the states when we are near them, so we went to Georgia's. It was in session so we saw lots of legislators and a lot of neat things on the 4th floor I think it wa...  more »
  • This is a beautiful 19th c building with lots of beautiful Georgia marble and the shining gold leaf dome which came from Dahlonega, GA which had the first U.S. gold rush. During the legislative sessio...  more »
  • Have visited several times but love going at Christmas. The marble stairways are lined with poinsettias and the trees are from a Georgia farm. Most days there's local talent performing in the grand fo...  more »
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  • Great place to see Georgia history. Everyone was very hospitable. The governor even waved at us!
  • It is a beautiful building. It is a shame it is wasted on politics and politicians. Seems like we should reserve this building for school children and put the politicians in their schools for some very needful education. Seems like a much better use of the space. :-)
  • "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum an villainy." After all, it is a legislature. That said, it's publicly accessible. No appointment needed. Just bring a photo ID. There's a museum on the top floor. Parking nearby is expensive, but not bad for downtown Atlanta. Staff are friendly. Legislators are superfluous.
  • Went on a self-guided tour. It was recommended to begin on the fourth floor and work our way down. The hallways are filled with glass cases showing aspects of Georgia's past, growth, government, and state features. There is a smaller version of Lady Freedom within the building if your camera can't get a good shot of her at the top of the golden dome.
  • If you like the political process and enjoy historical things, you will enjoy going here. It does have historical displays located in many places. The architecture is beautiful as well.