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State Capitol Welcome Center, Baton Rouge

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The Louisiana State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in downtown Baton Rouge. The capitol houses the chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the office of the Governor of Louisiana. At 450ft tall and with 34 stories, it is the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the seventh tallest building in Louisiana, and tallest capitol in the United States. It is located on a 27acre tract, which includes the capitol gardens. The Louisiana State Capitol is often thought of as "Huey Long's monument" due to the influence of the former Governor and U.S. Senator in getting the capitol built. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.HistoryIn order to secure the mouth of the Mississippi River for the French, the town of New Orleans was founded in 1718 and became the capital for colony of Louisiana in 1722. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ceded the portion of Louisiana that was west of the Mississippi River, as well as New Orleans, to Spain and the remaining territory east of the Mississippi was turned over to Great Britain. The French reclaimed Louisiana from the Spanish in 1803 after the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800; the territory was then sold as the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. The formal transfers of Louisiana from Spain to France took place in front of the colonial seat of government The Cabildo in November 1803, with the transfer from France to the U.S. occurring there, as well, less than a month later.
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  • We visited Baton Rouge as part of a road trip. It's a beautiful city with some fantastic buildings. Well worth a walk round or take a tram ride to see the sites.  more »
  • Original tour, that changes of the plantations. Free, fast enough, worth a look. The view is really nice, and the lobby of the building gives the impression of being in another time...
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  • Lots of history on the first floor. Great architecture and appointments. Be sure to take the elevator to the top to catch the observation deck. It offers 365 degree views of town and the river. Landsc...  more »
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  • This is definitely the place to get a (free) sky-high view of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi. The architecture and decoration in the senate and the chamber of representatives on the first floor is impressive, as is the whole capitol park. This is very much a political building more than a tourist attraction, however - do not expect a tour or exhibits. For that, you will want to visit the nearby Old State Capitol.
  • WE LOVE the Baton Rouge state Capitol. Make sure that you go to the very top - the view from all around is totally worth it. Be Careful of the Shoe Shine guy - he's kind of pushy to shine your shoes - even if you are wearing shoes that can't be shined.
  • This was an incredible site to visit. It is a personal goal of mine to visit every state capital city and every state capitol building in the country. This was my fifth one and I must say that it is by far the most impressive in terms of sightseeing pleasure. The grounds outside are beautiful and the observation deck on the 24th floor was amazing. Fun fact: this is the tallest state capitol building in the country. It may not be the largest, but it is still impressive by its own right.
  • Great place to see the entire city of Baton Rouge. Also go see where famed governor Huey Long was assassinated. You can still see the bullet hole in the marble column!
  • We loved the State Capital of Louisiana. Didn't get to go inside because we went on a Sunday but have plans to go inside on our next visit to Baton Rouge.