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The floor of the Rotunda, as well as most of floors throughout the Capitol, is made of terrazzo. Terrazzo is a mosaic flooring made by embedding small pieces of marble or granite in mortar and then polishing it until it is bright and shiny. The seals on the floor trace Texas history by representing the six flags that have flown over the state. Click on the image to view a full version (96K).
A unique night view of the Texas capitol grounds. This winter sight is unusual for Austin weather. Click on the image to view a full version (80K).
The capitol's underground extension with the dome in view through the glass ceiling. The extension was finished in 1993. Click on the image to view a full version (68K).
Looking up into the capitol rotunda while visitors look down. This photo shows the dome as it appeared before the restoration. Click on the image to view a full version (114K).
The Senate Chamber doors provide a glimpse into history with a view of the Senate floor from the 1970's before the restoration of the Capitol between 1990 and 1995. (32k)
A man rides a Texas Longhorn, the state large mammal, on the Capitol grounds during the celebration of Texas Independence Day, March 2. (40k)
A view from the Senate gallery onto the Senate floor during the Legislative Session. (44k)
The Italian Renaissance Revival style Capitol is 585 feet 10 inches long, 299 feet ten inches wide and at 302.64 feet high is approximately 14 feet taller than the national capitol in Washington, D.C. The Texas Capitol is not the tallest state capitol though. The tower style Louisiana Capitol is the tallest. (52k)
The most recent Texas Capitol building was built from 1881 - 1888, then restored between 1990 and 1995. (36k)
A school choir sings in the Capitol Rotunda. The Great Seal, pictured below them, is surrounded by the seals of the six countries who have ruled over Texas. This terrazzo floor was installed in 1936 to celebrate the Texas Centennial. (36k)
Between 1990 and 1995, the Senate Chamber was restored to its 1905 appearance. The original walnut desks purchased in 1888 and the elegant brass chandeliers continue to grace the Chamber. (52k)
The Kilgore Rangerettes show their talents in the Capitol Rotunda on the 60th Anniversary of Kilgore College in April of 1999. (32k)
Texas Independence Day is celebrated on the Capitol grounds each year on March 2, because The Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates on March 2, 1836, declaring Texas independent from Mexico. This performance group of children called the Ballet Folklorico Mexikaoytl is from Round Rock invited by Senator Barrientos to dance on the South steps of the Capitol. (44k)