Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol showing a city, an administrative buidling and heritage architecture
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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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East Austin Hotel
East Austin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX, 78702
The price is $139 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16
$139
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East Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
4 out of 5
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX, 78701
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The price is $229 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
$229
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Feb 10 - Feb 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
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Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
901 Neches Street, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is $178 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$178
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Feb 5 - Feb 6
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Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Capitol / Downtown
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Capitol / Downtown
2.5 out of 5
300 E 11th St, Austin, TX, 78701
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Capitol / Downtown
Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
4 out of 5
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX, 78701
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Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
901 Neches Street, Austin, TX, 78701
Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
East Austin Hotel
East Austin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX, 78702
East Austin Hotel
Hotel Van Zandt
Hotel Van Zandt
4 out of 5
605 Davis Street, Austin, TX, 78701
Hotel Van Zandt
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
3.5 out of 5
701 E 11th Street, Austin, TX, 78701
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701
Fairmont Austin
The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78701
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The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701
The LINE Austin
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