January 18, 2012

The Capital of Texas

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When I was in Austin in November one of the first things I came across was the capital of the state of Texas. From the very first sight of it I knew I had to photograph it.

It is truly a marvel of the Italian Renaissance Revival style designed by architect Elijah E. Myers. Construction was started in 1882 and it was completed in 1888.

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The entrance tells you that you are entering a bastion of power;
there's no way to deny it.
photos by Styrous®



The architectural details are wonderfully elegant.
photo by Styrous®



The interior is an amazing study in late Victorian detail.
photos by Styrous®



It has 392 rooms, the doorways of which are fantasies.
And there are lots of them!
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The senate chamber is the throne of power.
photos by Styrous®


Although the senate chamber is impressive, I couldn't help having a flash back to the desks of my early school days; although, my old desks weren't nearly as elegant as these.


photo by Styrous®



A couple of light fixtures in the senate chamber spell out,
what else? TEXAS.
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Looking across to the other side of an upper level of the rotunda.
photo by Styrous®



The dome of the rotunda is over 310 feet high . . . .
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And from the very top of the dome . . .
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. . . you can look down on the main floor in the center of which is a Terrazo mosaic of the seal of Texas (yes, those are people walking around on it) with the six flags or nations that ruled Texas from 1519 to the present: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate Texas & the present United States, in that order.


photo by Styrous®

It is a truly awe inspiring building!


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