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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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  • The best thing of the Capitol was to know the galery of presidents. The room of the politician is beautiful. 
    The best thing of the Capitol was to know the galery of presidents. The room of the politician is beautiful.  more »
  • Beautiful building, with free access across all floors (two down & three up). Tours are free but we opted to self tour (guide maps are available after entry). We toured on a Friday and clearly this... 
    Beautiful building, with free access across all floors (two down & three up). Tours are free but we opted to self tour (guide maps are available after entry). We toured on a Friday and clearly this...  more »
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  • Just Amazing. If you want to know about Texas History or just want to take in everything Texan, this is the right spot for you. It’s the embodiment of everything Texan. Right from the entrance to the Gift shop, everything is so beautifully designed. The staff and government officials are amazing and courteous to answer all the questions I had. They even let you go into the state house and senate which is great!
  • The free tour of the state capitol building is a must. It is about 35 minutes long. Parking is free for the 1st two hours in the visitor's lot. There are lots of metered street parking available if you prefer. The complex is huge so prepare for a long walk. There are other "state buildings" nearby that are worth a look. The Bullock museum, or Texas state history museum is located 3-4 blocks away, and there is an admission fee, but it is free on the 1st Sunday of each month. It is another building worthy of your time. There is parking lot available but for a fee.

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