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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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  • I was able to just walk inside and look around. The security staff was very friendly. They had a pamphlet to assist you in your self-guided tour.  more »
  • The crowds here make this attraction sketchy. I like old style capitals, but something are better seen from afar.  more »
  • To travellers stood on the front steps of the golden dome reflects little person is too small, but perfect photo is the place. I realize that is around the building as well as former U.S. President Carter the great statues of Georgia, representing the southern cities.
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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.