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Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul

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Government Building · Architectural Building
The Minnesota State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Minnesota, in its capital city of Saint Paul. It houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the Attorney General and the office of the Governor. The building also includes a chamber for the Minnesota Supreme Court, although court activities usually take place in the neighboring Minnesota Judicial Center.

The building is set in a landscaped campus. Various monuments are to its sides and front. Behind, a bridge spans University Avenue, and in front others were later added over the sunken roadway of Interstate 94, thus preserving the sight lines. Set near the crest of a hill, from the Capitol steps a panoramic view of downtown Saint Paul is presented.

East to west, the Capitol is more than 430 ft (130 m) long. From ground level to the top of the dome's lantern measures 220 ft (67 m). Inside, the building has more than 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of floor space, or about 5,000,000 cubic feet (140,000 m3) of space.
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  • The Minnesota State Capitol building was opened in 1905. It is an impressive building sitting up on a hill. The dome is the second largest self supported marble dome in the world.  more »
  • We roamed the building while waiting for our tour to begin and were delighted by the information and stories told to us by the 2 docents in the House chamber. Both were retired State troopers and...  more »
  • Road trip! This is the fourth state Capitol we have visited on this road trip and ranks as one of the most beautiful we have seen. The tour is only about 45 minutes, but you are free to roam most of the building and see spaces not included on the tour. The guides are all volunteers and know a great deal about the building and state history as well. They recently underwent an expensive and extensive renovation program and it shows well. I highly recommend a visit to this historic building if you are in the area.
  • Took the guided tour here. Very well presented and the building itself with it's giant pillars is a great example of amazing contrition. Tour includes visiting the Minnesota Assembly and Senate (which was in session that day so we could not enter that chamber as it was full at the time). Also houses the Minnesota Supreme Court which was very impressive to see,. Court was not in session on the day of our visit. Also includes the main reception room. Tour is about 45 minutes and includes a lot of Minnesota History very well presented. Many steps to climb to enter the Capitol and grounds surrounding it are very nice.

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