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As part of my ongoing attempt to visit and photograph all 50 state capitol buildings, here is my entry for Texas. The Texas State Capitol in Austin is, in total size, the largest of all 50 state capitols, and is in fact taller than the National Capitol Building in Washington DC by 15 feet. It's made primarily from limestone from a nearby quarry, but the facade and exterior is all pink granite from nearby Marble Falls, TX.

There are some controversial aspects to the capitol, most having to do with statues outside; the first is the large monument in the front of the building to the Confederacy, the rebel nation that split off from the United States between 1861 and 1865 over the issue of slavery, causing the Civil War. Behind the building, there is a tablet on which are inscribed the Ten Commandments of the Judeo-Christian bible; due to the Constitutional separation of Church and State found in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, this display was challenged in front of the US Supreme Court in 2005, but found by the court to be Constitutional (a decision I generally disagree with, but such is life). Finally, there are repeated references around and inside the building to the 'Six Flags Over Texas': Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan (for a brief period of time during the 1830s and 1840s, Texas was a nominally independent nation), Confederate, and American. This reference to the Six Flags over Texas spawned a popular amusement park chain called Six Flags.

This shot was taken from a residential parking garage roof near the Capitol, at sunset.

A larger version can be found here.
My full Texas Capitol set can be found here.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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