Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Springfield  /  Sightseeing  /  Illinois State Capitol
Illinois State Capitol, Springfield
(4.3/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
The Illinois State Capitol, located in Springfield, Illinois, is the building that houses the executive and legislative branches of the government of the U.S. state of Illinois. The current structure is the sixth to serve as capitol since Illinois became a part of the United States in 1818. The capitol is in the architectural style of the French Renaissance and was designed by Cochrane and Garnsey, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago. Ground was first broken for the new capitol on March 11, 1869, and it was completed twenty years later for a total cost of $4,500,000. The dome is covered in zinc to provide a silvery facade which does not weather. The interior of the dome features a plaster frieze painted to resemble bronze, which illustrates scenes from Illinois history, and stained glass windows (including a stained glass replica of the state seal in the oculus of the dome). The seal featured in the top of the dome is the seal used by Illinois prior to the American Civil War. It differs from the modern seal in that the phrase "State Sovereignty" is above the phrase "National Union." After the Civil War, the legislature voted to reverse these phrases as they professed that National Union was the more important of these two concepts.
It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Illinois State Capitol and many more Springfield attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Springfield family vacation planner.
Source
Create a full Springfield itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Springfield

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Springfield by other users

30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Illinois & Wisconsin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Springfield BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM GREECE August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This building would not be built today because of the expense involved. European and domestic marble, African walnut woodwork, artwork, excellent guide service portraying the history and political sys...  more »
  • We enjoy architecture and this one is amazing inside and out. The dome is colorful and amazing. They used a lot of marble and colors. The enormous painting is spectacular. All of the statues inside an...  more »
  • The state capital building was very awe inspiring, as most of the capital buildings I have visited are indeed. It is definitely a must see for everyone as there is plenty to learn both about the state...  more »
Google
  • The most beautiful state Capitol I've been to. Ive been to about 10 others and none compare to the size, intricacy, ornateness and luxury of the Illinois capitol. Daily tours dip a good job describing just how grandiose it really is. Wish there was a tour up into the dome
  • cool
  • Its e