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Texas State Capitol, Austin

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At the time of its construction, Texas' Texas State Capitol was billed as the seventh largest building in the world. The massive Italian Renaissance Revival building was completed in 1888 and is home to the chambers of the Texas Legislature and the office of the governor. You can take a self-guided or guided tour of the building and grounds. Don’t miss the rotunda, displaying a portrait of every person who has served as the president of the Republic of Texas or governor of the state. The 8.9 hectare (22 acre) grounds boast a variety of monuments. Two of the oldest are dedicated to the Heroes of the Alamo and Confederate soldiers. The visitor center contains a gift shop and exhibits about the Capitol. For Texas State Capitol and beyond, use our Austin trip itinerary website to get the most from your Austin vacation.
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  • Went at nighttime. Lit up so beautifully. The surrounding area looked like a park. So much to see and do. Look for the old tree...was a sight to see! Was there in February and was surprised to find th...  more »
  • The interior of this building is magnificent! The high dome with the lone star right at the top, the bird’s eye view from the top to the emblem below. I like the fact that we could go to the two chamb...  more »
  • We did the free tour that they have on offer at the State Capitol which took about 45 minutes, this leaves from the South entrance. It was quite informative and we were able to go inside the Senate an...  more »
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  • It is really a beautiful place. It is filled with monuments that will give one a great education on the history of Texas. I was filled with great respect for all the people that made this great state a reality. And the architecture of the building itself is a beauty to behold. My mouth was wide open for most of my stay there. Amazing!
  • Absolutely beautiful. If you have some time to spend, take the guided tour. If not, keep an eye out for the exquisite details through out the building (there's a lot of very subtle Texas pride decor, such as the door hinges, chandeliers, and door knobs), and spend some time in the underground extension and wandering the grounds full of memorials. The dome was not open for visitors at the time, but you may be able to arrange a trip to the top of it. We decided to go last minute and did not look into it. Overall, a great experience.
  • Great free tour sight in Austin. If you drive come with quarters for metered parking on the street or $ for the parking garages. A If you want to go in the Capitol Building for a tour or to walk around (both free) be prepared to have your things x-ray ed and walking through a metal dictator. The officers are extremely polite. Beautiful building. A great free experience in Austin that is air conditioned.
  • Visiting here made my day.. Nice place, for day trip.. free entry and well managed building and staff administration also good. Have a deep dive into Texas State's history... And enjoy... Cheers...
  • Sometimes you forget Austin is the Capital of Texas until you see this glorious building. It is a lovely place to wander for a bit on a visit to Austin. try to count how many stars you find on the building and in the decor. The grounds are beautiful and full of other visitors. The dome depicts the interesting history of America's boldest state.

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