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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia

West Virginia's State Capitol
was built in the 1920s.

It was designed by
Cass Gilbert.

West Virginia Fun Fact:  West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1861, during the Civil War, and became a state in 1863.

The ribs of the dome are
gilded with 23.5 carat gold.

The effect is stunning!

He served in Congress from
1945 - 1947 & from 1949 - 1963.

Confederate General

The Capitol Dome

The chandelier has over10,000
 pieces of Czech Republic crystal.

The House of Delegates

The chandelier in the
 House of Delegates

A portrait of Former Governor
John D. Rockefeller, IV

He also served in the US Senate
from 1987 to 2001.

A photo of the Senate
sits outside the chamber

Currently, the Senate is closed.

The chandelier has been lowered
for cleaning.

Just a few of the monuments to West Virginian history grace the Capitol's grounds...

The West Virginia copy of the
Liberty Bell

The Veterans Memorial honors
those who died in World War I,
World War II, the Korean War,
the Vietnam War.

The West Virginia State Capitol is beautiful, inside and out.  It is the people's house and represents the state's history and culture.

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