Monday, April 8, 2013

State Capitol Tour

Our guide, Carla, shares some Missouri history.
On Friday, eight adults and 13 children attended a tour of the State Capitol. The tour guide, Carla, shared with us amazing facts about Missouri, the capitol building itself, and showed the group some of the paintings in the capitol--including the Thomas Hart Benton murals, A Social History of Missouri.

A few facts:
  • All the rock in the capitol is limestone from Missouri, except the 12 capitals in the House and Senate, which are granite and marble from New Hampshire.
  • 16 of the 41 lunette (half-moon shaped areas) paintings have optical illusions--either a change of direction or a change of size.
  • Bonds were sold to raise money to build the current state capitol. Four and one-half million dollars were raised. When the building was complete, there were still one million dollars that hadn't been spent. So they used the money to decorate.
  • The Missouri State Capitol is the only state capitol with a state park located inside.
If you missed this capitol tour, you can learn more about taking one yourself here.


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