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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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  • Terrific tour by Lauren, of the Historic Preservation group. She was knowledgable! Her presentation was friendly, not robotic. The building itself is very impressive and portrays a sense of... 
    Terrific tour by Lauren, of the Historic Preservation group. She was knowledgable! Her presentation was friendly, not robotic. The building itself is very impressive and portrays a sense of...  more »
  • Fun Halloween tour that shared the ghost and death in the building. Quick 30 minute tour. Then I explored the rest of the capital. 
    Fun Halloween tour that shared the ghost and death in the building. Quick 30 minute tour. Then I explored the rest of the capital.  more »
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  • This is such a cool building! The colours and the architecture are unlike most capitals and it is absolutely stunning. We did the tour and the tour guide was super helpful and knowledgeable. There is so much to see and read throughout the building. They also have self guided tours and a cute gift shop with reasonable prices. It is just amazing how well kept the building and features are. The tours, and admission is free, and you can take bags inside you just need to go through a security checkpoint. Highly recommend checking this out.
  • Beautiful historical building. The Renaissance-style architecture of the Texas State Capitol reveals how diverse the State of Texas has always been, with unique food, cultures, and people! I went with my family on a Saturday evening, yet the Capitol was as calm as ever. The Capitol grounds are a splendid picnic spot, dotted with fountains and sculptures of Texas revolutionaries. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Austin!

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