Boston, Massachusetts
The State House

The State House in Boston is quite impressive. It was built in 1798 on top of Beacon Hill. The dome was originally made out of wood shingles which were painted gray and later changed to light yellow. In 1861 it was covered by 23-karat gold leaf to prevent leaks. It was painted black during World War II and re-gilded again after the war.

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The Great Hall is the most recent addition. It is a large room built of Italian marble. There are over 400 flags from Massachusetts towns and cities on display.

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The staircase of iron and marble is amazing, as is the marble mosaic floor.

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At the top of the staircase is a stained glass window. Among the many paintings is a scene depicting the Union march through Baltimore in 1861.

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The amount of marble used in floors, stairs, columns and walls is amazing. Nurses Hall has numerous murals and statues.

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The Senate Chamber has members sitting in a large circle with a visitors' gallery above. The room for the House of Representatives is an impressive room with large murals and old desks.

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    Click here to tour Christ Church (the Old North Church) in Boston.

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