The State Capitol of California

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very educational! Jul 03, 2013
We were crossing Sacramento so we thought we might visit the State Capitol building. I thought it might be nice and educational for the kids as well. We were not sure what to expect but we are going to tour of the capitol building on our own. There is a free guided tour actually.

Well, the capitol building’s architecture is lovely. It has this very stately, glistening look. The building is surrounded by a 40 acres park. The park alone will take much of your time already. We could have explored the garden as well but it was way too hot that day so we decided to stay inside the capitol building.

After a quick security check we were are able to walk through the building on our own. We proceeded to the elegant rotunda. And wow, to be under the massive dome is overwhelming. It looks really awesome! I was really captivated. I enjoyed the good opportunities of taking some nice photographs of the dome!

Going to the west wing are many informative display or exhibit windows of each county showing some of its features and cultural diversity. We also took the large wooden staircase which leads to the 2nd floor with paintings of past governors. I am curious though that Schwarzenegger’s portrait is not included to the gallery of past governors. The staircases are wood work panels that are intricately and exquisitely carved. We went up to the 3rd floor to take a look into the beautiful Assembly Chamber on the one side, and Senate on the other. We were only able to see the Assembly Chamber. The California Assembly Chamber is located at the opposite end of the building. Its green tones are very pretty and are based on those of the British House of Commons (the lower house). Along the cornice appears a quotation from Abraham Lincoln in Latin: "Legislatorum est justas leges condere (It is the duty of legislators to pass just laws). I don’t have a decent photo of that cornice though. The basement west wing is where a lot of “miscellaneous” services are located. There is a restaurant and coffee shop, souvenir shop, tour office, theater, ATM machine, and restrooms. At the basement rotunda there is another work of art to marvel and that is the work of Arthur Matthew’s 1915 murals which shows the artist’s view of California’s past and future.

The building itself looks like what a state capitol building should be. The black and white marble floor and artwork added elegance. When we got to the Governor's office, we saw a huge golden bear that former Gov. Schwarzenegger had purchased as a gift to the state. We were not able to take a peek inside the office of the governor but we were “lucky” to be invited inside the office of the Vice Governor!

We enjoyed this tour so much that we're making plans to tour other state's capitol building whenever there is a chance. And I would like to visit the California capitol building again. 
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cotton_foam says:
Thank you guys! Yeah, after visiting the CA capitol, now we'd like to visit other US capitols!
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
Some great photos, May! State capitols are fun to visit if only to see how the political actors want to portray the state both to themselves and to visitors.
Posted on: Jul 21, 2013
cicie says:
Interesting architecture , May :)
Posted on: Jul 20, 2013
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