The Iowa State Capitol signifies the prodigious spirit of Iowa. Built between 1871 and 1886, this magnificent building’s golden dome can be seen for miles, symbolizing representative government for the citizens of the state.
Inside, the building features an array of majesty including many different types and colors of marble, works of art, fixtures and carvings in both wood and stone. One of the most commanding features of the building is the towering dome.
The dome, constructed of steel and brick, is externally gilded with 23-karat gold leaf. A belvedere on top of the large dome features a golden lantern at the top. In addition, four smaller golden lanterns are each attached to copper-covered domes at every corner of the building.
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