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Capitol Rotunda

From the floor to the star at the peak, the Capitol rotunda stands about 218 feet. A late addition to the original 1888 Capitol, the rotunda and its spiralling domed ceiling are now one of the most photographed architectural features of the building. 

The first floor of the rotunda features the Great Seal of the Republic of Texas. The seals of the six sovereign nations that governed all or parts of Texas before its independence surround the Republic's symbol.

Portraits of Texas governors line the walls of the first floor and spiral up all the way to the fourth floor where you'll find the first presidents of the Republic. Start from the top or the bottom, by walking the floors around the rotunda you'll take a virtual trip through the history of Texas leadership.