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Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Very interesting and well worth the visit. Needs a public snack bar and a small gift shop, Docents were very knowledgeable  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Staff very professional and friendly. This was our first ever State Capitol visit and it has now given us the bug to visit as many as we can. The building inside is elegant and has an old world charm....  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    The Georgia State Capitol is a Georgia Gem for sure. We have visited many state capitols and this was one of our favorites by far. This state Capitol was absolutely beautiful!! We loved the "museum" p...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    I loved my experience here. Incorporating my non profit was so easy. Davincia was a sweetheart 😘
  • June 27, 2017
    Peace to you. Lovely architecture, open and friendly staff, and lots of cool GA history. Both congressiobal houses can be viewed during regular hours, and you get to sign the governor's guestbook
  • June 26, 2017
    Awesome visit really enjoyed saw a lot interesting portraits of different famous people Martin Luther King Jr. For one
  • June 22, 2017
    Stars are for the historical value of a field trip - vital that young people understand the role of the building and its inhabitants...
  • June 17, 2017
    So disappointing... 😞 I haven't been inside the Capitol building in yrs, wanted my granddaughter to see the museum, it's "not there" anymore, only parts of it remain, and it was not as interesting as when I was a child.

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