Illinois State Capitol Tours

The Illinois State Capitol faces east with the main visitors entrance below the east portico.
The north portico entrance provides parking and access for legislative and executive members.
The south face provides access and parking areas for employees.
The first floor entrances leads to the central rotunda under the dome.
The interior dome over the rotunda includes beautiful stained glass panels that are lit from window between this lower dome and the external zinc roof dome above.
On the second floor are galleries where the east gallery leads to the governor’s suite.
There are eight sculptures around the rotunda below the dome of prominent Illinois citizens and politicians.
Between the rotunda sculptures are lunette murals depicting elements of Illinois history.
A grand staircase provides access between the second and third levels on the west side opposite the governor’s suite.
The grand staircase gallery includes relief sculptures and a large mural on Illinois history.
There is an abundance of capitol artwork throughout the complex including many works that are in employee areas that are not readily accessible to the public.
The Supreme Court chambers are no longer used for that purpose but have been restored to its original grandeur.
The House of Representatives chambers provide legislative space for all 118 members.
The Senate chambers provides legislative space for all 59 members.
The first second floor includes eight sculptures of prominent Illinois citizens and politicians.
The first second floor includes eight sculptures of prominent Illinois citizens and politicians.
At the first floor entrance under the dome is a welcoming sculpture titled “Illinois Welcoming the World.
The capitol grounds has one mural wall of mosaic tile.
Around the capitol grounds can be found many sculptures of prominent Illinois citizens and politicians.
Around the capitol grounds can be found many sculptures of prominent Illinois citizens and politicians.
The capitol grounds also includes many memorials to prominent citizens that have served the people.
The capitol grounds also includes many memorials to prominent citizens that have served the people.
Illinois State Capitol Tour Part 1.
Previous capitols in Illinois.
Old Illinois State Capitol.
The Old Illinois State Capitol south face and visitor entrance.
Old Illinois State Capitol south and east faces.
the entrance gallery and grand staircase.
State Library with furnishings and artifacts from the 1800s.
The House and Senate chambers.
Downtown Springfield Illinois buildings of interest including the Springfield Marine Band and the Illinois Building.
State Capitol Tour Part 2.
Big Sky bust.
Niagara Falls State Park tour.
Niagara Falls State Park tour.
References.

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