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Iowa State Capitol - Des Moines

The Iowa State Capitol Building at night.

 

The five domed Iowa State Capitol Building was built between 1871 and 1886. It houses the Senate, Legislature, Governor's Office, and some other important groups.

 

The best feature is the central towering dome constructed of iron and brick and covered with 23 carat gold. The gold leafing was replaced in 1964-1965 at a cost of $79,938. The dome is 275 feet above the ground floor and is 67 feet in diameter. Four smaller domes of simple design rise from the four corners of the Capitol.

 

The Capitol grounds overlooks the city from a very large hill and is part of the East Village area. It's a great place to see fireworks in the summer or attend a political rally (of which there are many).

 

More information can be found here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_State_Capitol

www.legis.state.ia.us/Pubinfo/Tour/

 

Canon 7d - and 15-85 with a tripod

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Taken on February 19, 2011