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Texas State Capitol is on Congress Ave. at 11th St. Completed in 1888, the Renaissance Revival-style Capitol is clad in Texas “sunset red” granite and features an impressive dome crowned by “Goddess of Liberty,” a nearly 16-foot-tall statue of a woman holding up a gilded five-pointed star. Several monuments and statues are scattered throughout the Capitol's extensive park-like grounds.

Guided building tours depart from the south entrance foyer and cover architecture, art, state history and the Texas legislature. On guided or self-guiding tours, visitors will see the Capitol's impressive rotunda and both the House and Senate chambers on the second floor. When the legislature is in session (in odd-numbered years), access to the floor of the chambers may be restricted; a third-floor chamber gallery is open to visitors during proceedings.

At the southeast corner of the grounds is the Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th St., which features videos, maps, visitor information and interactive exhibits geared toward children and adults.

Special themed tours are available throughout the year. Food is available in the Capitol Extension cafeteria, one level below the ground floor. Note: All visitors to the Capitol must pass through metal detectors.

Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

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