Texas State Capitol

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Texas State Capitol showing a city, an administrative buidling and heritage architecture

An architectural marvel that rivals anything you might see in the great cities of Europe.

The Texas State Capitol building houses the state's legislature chambers and the offices of the Governor of Texas. The structure is an example of 15th-century Italian Renaissance-style architecture, with a cylindrical granite dome and many large granite columns.

At first glance, the Texas State Capitol looks quite similar to the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. In fact, it's 15 feet (4.5 meters) higher than its D.C. counterpart, and is the largest state capitol in the country when including overall land size. It was built mainly by convicts and immigrants in the late 1880s, and paid for with land grants of around 3 million acres (more than 1 million hectares). It has been the center of power in Texas ever since. The building is significant for its striking beauty and grand presence. Views of the capitol from various vantage points around the city are protected by state law. Tall buildings cannot block the line of sight to the capitol.

Take a free tour of the building to get a view inside as well as some fascinating historical background. Tours run every 45 minutes, seven days a week, and begin in the Capitol South Foyer. Pick up a brochure from the information and guide service desk, on the first floor of the Capitol building. You can also take a self-guided tour of the surrounding 22 acres (nine hectares) of beautifully manicured grounds. There are historic monuments dotted throughout the gardens.

The Texas State Capitol building is located in downtown Austin, four blocks south of the University of Texas. Admission to the building is free. Food is not readily available on site, so bring a packed lunch or picnic basket and find a quiet spot in the gardens.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
805 Neches Street, Austin, TX
The price is $82 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 28
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. University of Texas at Austin and Texas State Capitol ...
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Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is $98 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 29
This eco-friendly hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street, and Moody Theater. Also nearby are Paramount ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (3,145 reviews)
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Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
2.5 out of 5
901 Neches Street, Austin, TX
The price is $107 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. University of Texas at Austin and Texas State Capitol ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,005 reviews)
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
805 Neches Street, Austin, TX
The price is $82 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 28
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University, an IHG Hotel
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is $98 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 29
Fairmont Austin
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
2.5 out of 5
901 Neches Street, Austin, TX
The price is $107 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX
The price is $87 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
The price is $179 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
The LINE Austin
Hilton Austin
Hilton Austin
4 out of 5
500 E 4th St, Austin, TX
The price is $123 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
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JW Marriott Austin
JW Marriott Austin
4 out of 5
110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
The price is $159 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
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Hilton Garden Inn Austin University
Hilton Garden Inn Austin University
3 out of 5
301 West 17th Street, Austin, TX
The price is $101 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
4 out of 5
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
The price is $161 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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