In May, my husband and I visited St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, where we took a look at the state capitol building, which has recently undergone some renovations in order to create more meeting room space and facilitate handicapped accessibility.
The building was completed in 1905 and was modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The architectural style is Italian Renaissance and Beaux-Arts.
Looking across the rotunda from the 2nd level is the entrance to the Senate chamber.
There are a variety of different types of marbles used in the pillars and stairways. In the rotunda, on the floor is the eight pointed star which is the state symbol of Minnesota. Look up and see the dome rimmed with small windows. The dome is smaller than the one at St. Peter’s, but preserves some of the features of its design. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Minnesota State Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Guided tours are available daily. The building is open weekdays from 8:30 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Thursday Doors 6/15/17