We only visited a few and we hope to get to all of them eventually.
Our first visit was the Capitol Visitor's Center. That building was built in 1856-1857 and once was the General Land Office building.
Next, we went into the capitol. The structure itself is huge and palace-like. The architecture is Italian Renaissance Revival and is built of limestone with the outside structure covered in red granite.
Inside, we first saw a large painting of David (Davy) Crockett (who died at the Alamo)
and statutes of Sam Houston
and Stephen Austin.
Next, we entered the rotunda. The floor is
On the terrazzo floor you see the six seals of the United States, Mexico, France, Spain and the Confederacy surrounding the emblem of the Republic of Texas.
Looking skyward is the inside of the massive dome.On the second floor, we toured the chambers of the Texas House of Representatives
and the Senate
One thing I noticed was the detail work even in the door hinges prominent use of the Lone Star in the Senate lighting and chairs and the rotunda.
Outside we went back to a couple more monuments. I really liked them all but was particularly impressed with the Confederate Soldiers.
The base of the monument has the Confederate Battles from 1861-1865 which is a history lesson in itself.
Then a more traditional bronze statue work with plaques at the Tejano Monument.
Lots to do and see at the Texas State Capitol. I was another interesting morning learning about the great State of Texas.
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