Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery

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The Alabama State Capitol, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the First Confederate Capitol, is the state capitol building for Alabama located on Capitol Hill, originally Goat Hill, in Montgomery that was declared a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960.
Alabama has had five political capitals during its history. The first was the territorial capital in St. Stephens in 1817, followed by the state convention in Huntsville in 1819, then the first "permanent" capital in Cahaba in 1820. It was then moved to Tuscaloosa in 1826 to a new three-story building, until coming to rest in Montgomery in 1846. The 1826 State House later became home to Alabama Central Female College, burned in 1923 and now ruins within Capitol Park. The current structure is the state's fourth purpose-built capitol building, with the first at Cahaba, the second at Tuscaloosa, and the last two in Montgomery. The first capitol building in Montgomery, located where the current building stands, burned after only two years. The current building was completed in 1851, although additional wings were added over the course of the following 140 years.
The current capitol building temporarily served as the Confederate Capitol while Montgomery served as the first political capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861, before being moved to Richmond, Virginia. Meeting in the Senate Chamber, the Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States was drawn up by the Montgomery Convention on February 4, 1861. The convention also adopted the Permanent Constitution here on March 11, 1861. Over one hundred years later the third Selma to Montgomery march ended at the front marble staircase of the Capitol, with the marches and events surrounding them directly leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Architecturally, the building is Greek Revival in style with some Beaux-Arts influences. The central core of the building, as well as the east wing to the rear of the structure, is three stories over a below-grade basement. The north and south wings are two-stories over a raised basement. The front facade that is seen today is approximately 350 feet (110 m) wide and 119 feet (36 m) tall from ground level to the top of the lantern on the dome.
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  • The dome is absolutely beautiful inside. If you can't see the stained glass at the top, try zooming with your camera. This is no longer where the legislature meets, but the old chambers are still...  more »
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  • On our way to Florida i wanted to stop and visit the Alabama Capital and surrounding buildings. What a beautiful area, so well maintained and clean. Possibly one of the nicest and striking architecture I've seen in a government area. Loved the photo opps and it was a Sunday so I had the place to myself. Good job Alabama!
  • Beautiful historic building with nice surrounding area. A long boulevard leads to the quite majestic capitol. You can find some information regarding the Civil Rights Movement's March from Selma to Montgomery. Very interesting as we were driving from Selma to Montgomery on the National Historic Trail. We saw the Alabama Secretary of State leaving the capitol building. Unfortunately the interior could not be visited in the late afternoon.

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