Louisiana State Capitol Baton Rouge Reviews
The second American capitol building I have seen from inside Aug 02, 2012
The Louisiana State capitol is of course the most important building of Baton Rouge. It is an Art Deco sky craper, quite different from the other capitol buildings in the United States, which are mostly Italian Renaissance or Greek Revival style. The only other capitol building similar in style is the capitol of Nebraska.
I had been outside and in the surroundings several times, but this time I happened to be there during working hours so I thought it was a good idea to go inside.
Security of course is strict and as soon as you open the door you will see a policeman and a metal detector, like in the airports.
In the entrance you can read the legend: "We have lived long, but this is the noblest work of our whole lives. It will transform vast solitudes into thriving districts. The United States take rank this day among the first powers of the Earth". Inspiring, isn't it? These words were written by Robert Livingston, the American Ambassador in charge of completing the Louisiana Purchase.
After you go through security you will see the main hall, decorated by the flags that have ruled over Louisiana, and a few paintings and statues of some of the governors of Louisiana, including Bienville, the first of the colonial french rulers.
Then you can visit the chambers where the people representatives meet to discuss legislations. On the back of the building is the old governor suite, where the notorious governor Huey Long was killed. He was the man who began the construction of this building and his death is surrounded by mystery and controversy. For more information about Long, watch the movie "All the kings men" with Sean Penn.
The last and most important attraction of the capitol is the observation deck. All you have to do is take the elevator up to the 27th floor and you can admire a magnificent view of Louisiana's capital city, the Mississippi river, the lake in front of the capitol and downtown Baton Rouge as well as the capitol gardens. A view you don't want to miss.
You might want to consider visiting this place if you are in Baton Rouge, it's a good choice because there is not much to see in the city anyways.
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