Built between 1871 and 1886, this magnificent building is one of the nation's finest examples of 19th century ... More
Iowa State Capitol
Built between 1871 and 1886, this magnificent building is one of the nation's finest examples of 19th century architecture. Its dome, constructed of steel and brick, is externally gilded with 23-karat gold leaf. Tours can be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tours of the Capitol last about one hour to one hour and 20 minutes. Groups must schedule in advance.
I live in Des Moines, and even though i see it every day on my way to work, I am still taken aback at how, there were no power tools, when this thing was built, no cranes, no nothing. there wasn't even scaffolding! If you are there, and you don't see it, you will miss out on a super super amazing thing, and the best part.........ITS FREE! The Paintings 'Westward' and the Doll Collection are simply amazing. oh, and for the record, the dome never collapsed in. It was build like that in the 1860's!!!!!There is no words for the way this thing is. with breathtaking views of Downtown, you simply cannot miss this. You wont deny, that Des Moines is one of the Most Beautiful Cities in the World!!!!!!!!! As Mr. T m might say......' I pity the fool who don't see this there Capitol building!!!!'
If you come to Des Moines, you have to see the capitol!! It has REAL gold on the tops!! A breathtaking site. No matter what state I see, if I am anywhere close to the capitol, I stop and take a picture in front of it for memories... Have Fun!
My friends and I came by the Capitol Building in September 2004 and we thought it to be the most beautiful building we had ever seen. Wish we had more tome to stay, we were on our way to South Dakota. I would recommend this place to anyone!
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