We had some unplanned free time in our schedule and decided to make a quick visit to see the capitol. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was and were very glad we took the time. It is the most beautiful capitol building I've visited. It reminds me very much of a large basilica church with the inside of the dome looking every bit like a cathedral. It seems like almost everything is whitish-gray marble: floors, walls, pillars. A large circular cut-out in the center main floor, with the outside circle supported by columns, allows you to look at two floor levels at once and really opens up the space. I love the design.
A wonderful copper statue of Abraham Lincoln stands out front (he proclaimed West Virginia a state in 1863) with the beautiful gold and black dome as a backdrop. The large Elk River flows by, just across the street. On the back-end, a replica of the Liberty Bell adds a nice touch and not too far distant is a great circular war memorial with statues remembering WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
We did not see inside any of the chambers of the capitol, but our quick visit was amply rewarded by what we did see. I highly recommend a visit.
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