Texas State Capitol

Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, Sightseeing

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Best Attractions & Activities: Austin is not only the home of the University of Texas, but the Texas State Capitol Building. The Capitol is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture and is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its "significant contribution to American history." The Capitol grounds span 22 acres and feature historical buildings, 17 monuments, and beautifully landscaped lawns in addition to the Capitol building itself. The capitol rotunda features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or Governor of the state of Texas . The building has nearly four hundred rooms and more than nine hundred windows. Come learn about Texas History and make some of your own.

Historic Sites, Sightseeing: A grand, red-granite edifice befitting the Lone Star state, this building was completed in 1888 in Renaissance Revival style. The nation's largest state capitol, Austin's landmark can be seen from throughout the city, and its visual prominence is protected by law. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, the structure also offers lovely grounds and, thanks to major expansions in 1993, still houses a host of government offices. The Texas Capitol Visitors Center is located on the grounds at 112 E 11th Street in a castle-like building dating to 1857.


1100 N Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

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Expert Tips by Shelley Seale

Austin Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "Grab a Self-Guided Tour pamphlet in the Visitor's Center, and watch the action when the Texas Legislature is in session."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Texas State Capitol is the symbol of Austin's position as the capital city, and with a major renovation is impressive to visit.

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