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Louisiana State Capitol

State Capitol Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808 USA

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“houses over 300 years of colorful history”

This art deco masterpiece has been the site of a bombing, an assassination and the infinite machinations of state kingpins and politicos. The Louisiana State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in downtown Baton Rouge. The capitol houses the chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the office of the Governor of Louisiana. At 450ft tall and with 34 stories, it is the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the seventh tallest building in Louisiana, and tallest capitol in the United States. It is located on a 27acre tract, which includes the capitol gardens. The Louisiana State Capitol is often thought of as "Huey Long's monument" due to the influence of the former Governor and U.S. Senator in getting the capitol built. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.HistoryIn order to secure the mouth of the Mississippi River for the French, the town of New Orleans was founded in 1718 and became the capital for colony of Louisiana in 1722. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ceded the portion of Louisiana that was west of the Mississippi River, as well as New Orleans, to Spain and the remaining territory east of the Mississippi was turned over to Great Britain. The French reclaimed Louisiana from the Spanish in 1803 after the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800; the territory was then sold as the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. The formal transfers of Louisiana from Spain to France took place in front of the colonial seat of government The Cabildo in November 1803, with the transfer from France to the U.S. occurring there, as well, less than a month later.

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November 24, 2020
Rated 5.0

This is a neat building with lots of history. I would schedule a tour to get the neat and quirky stories.

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March 15, 2020
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Out with the old; in with the new! At least, that was Governor Huey P. Long’s take. The tallest capitol in the U.S., the building is 450 feet high with 34 floors. You can tour it daily for free with a reservation, taking in the art deco interior, which juxtaposes the original capitol’s gothic interior. From the top you can see sensational views of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi!

There is also a free guided tour of the grounds, which cover 27 acres, and together with the building, create Louisiana’s tallest National Historic Landmark. My favorite view is from the Capitol Park Museum’s entry, where you can capture a sensational picture in the reflecting pool!

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March 11, 2018
Rated 5.0

It was so beautiful, the architecture was so detailed, best of all the view was amazing, you can see everything from the Mississippi River to the people below you. Going to Baton Rouge it it a historical must see.

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October 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

Our family very much enjoyed are visit to the Louisiana Capitol, not only was it beautiful but the view from the 27th floor was amazing! Definitely worth visiting! Love the bronze doors!!!

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January 02, 2015
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Offers what is probably the best view of downtown Baton Rouge.

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Louisiana State Capitol

State Capitol Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
70808 USA


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