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Louisiana's Old State Capitol

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Address: 100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone Number: 800-488-2968
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Description: Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the Mississippi...
Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the Mississippi," this neogothic building, situated atop a bluff, contains a stained-glass dome, an impressive spiral staircase and a museum covering state politics.
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A superbly built and maintained Old State capitol

It is well worth a visit and built well before the Planetarium it had a commanding view of the Mississippi

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It is well worth a visit and built well before the Planetarium it had a commanding view of the Mississippi

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

You can't come to BR and not visit the Old State Capitol. It's a gorgeous building and a wonderful part of our city's history. If nothing else, just seeing the beautiful spiral staircase and stained-glass ceiling make it worth the visit! The steps in front of the building make for a pretty cool photo op, too. My husband and I... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Really worth going to see along with the new state capitol. Both free entry, both open Monday to Saturday, 9 to 4. Allow a good hour as although you can see the interior reasonably quickly there are exhibits downstairs which are small but make quite interesting reading. The staff are really friendly and informative. It is self guided. There is... More 

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Louisiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

A castle standing strong on a rise just inside the levee. From the moment you walk through the gate, up the steps and through the massive doors, history surrounds you. Inside exquisite marble floors, a spiral staircase, and stainglass windows welcome you.

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Louisiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Seeing the place where events occurred, and hearing voices of actual historic figures makes this a must stop.

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Hammond, Louisiana
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Seeing decades of history shown in pictures of each governor with such an ornate frame around each one was a beautiful sight to behold. He staircase was so very beautiful, and when you stepped into the ballroom for the reception, we could feel the presence of history surrounding us everywhere.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

I have been to many state houses, old & new, and this was the most interesting one I have ever seen. It was a self guided tour, which included an amazing movie and wonderful exhibits. Lots of history.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I love this beautiful castle! The staircase is gorgeous, and when you look up, the view is breathtaking! There's a few exhibits to look at, but the architecture itself is what draws me in.

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Pocono'Mtn, Pa.
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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

What a great hidden gem. My wife and I truly enjoyed the exhibits on the esteemed governor who caused a great deal of turmoil during his terms in office. His self importance was quite a story. The short movie is not to be missed. We will definitely be back to this grand old lady on our next visit to B.R.

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Atlanta, GA
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71 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Don't miss seeing the Old State Capitol when visiting Baton Rouge. The Gothic structure has so much history and has been faithfully restored. You can spend as little or as much time as you want. If you don't have much time, go inside to see the spiral staircase, stained glass ceiling and the legislative chambers upstairs. If you have more... More 

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