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“"The seat of our government in NM"”

New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse)
Ranked #9 of 268 things to do in Santa Fe
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Merida, Mexico
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310 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“"The seat of our government in NM"”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

The Roundhouse as it is often referred to, is an interesting building for state offices. You can have an opportunity to see where our state government make its laws and its mistakes. The building is unique in its design and the views of the rotundra are amazing. When congress is in session it can be a bit busy to be touring.

Visited May 2012
Thank John J
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“A great little art gallery”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Seen from above- the capitol building of Santa Fe, New Mexico was designed to resemble the Zia Sun Symbol, four entrances facing north, east, south and west. The east and west entrances provide the best access. The eastern entrance (nearest the down town plaza) provides the mobility challenged easy access while the western entrance is a good hike up multiple steps. The ‘new’ location is quite unique! The current location is only a short distance from the old one. The new one was opened late in 1966 then remodeled around early 1990. Part of the remodel included adding what is now known as the “Hall of Art” which connects the North Complex with the main building / Capitol Rotunda. The entire length of the hall is glass covered making it one of the largest skylights in the “City Different. The “Hall” is well worth a visit, copies of documents that made New Mexico first a territory and then a state (1912) hang there. Looking closely, one will see the signatures of US Presidents Grant & Roosevelt endorsing the state’s applications for statehood. Alongside of those documents hangs art representing the years prior to statehood and following that era into the near past. Statues provide a reference to the many industries that provide New Mexico its wealth also adorn the hall. It is a diverse and welcome respite from the cold winter and warm summer days. The Capitol Building is a cylinder shaped building comprised of four floors with the first floor below ground level and the Governor’s office consuming most of the top floor. The primary committee of the legislature is the Legislative Council Services and along with other legislative offices occupies the remainder of the top floor. Additional art can be found at this level and it too, is well worth the visit. Check with security at the main entrances to be sure access is available to the different areas. Have fun and enjoy!

Visited March 2013
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Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 909 helpful votes
“The Best Capital Art Collection in America.”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

A gorgeous, divinely designed building itself, this Capital has a stupendous collection of New Mexican original art work. If you love architecture and art and friendly people, you will...no must spend time here! This visit will take more time than you might think.

Visited December 2012
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Abingdon, Virginia
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“Beautiful Place”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

The location of the state capitol was in walking distance of the plaza, and has statues that is a must see in front of their huge building. Plenty of photo opportunities here!!!

Visited February 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Art and Politics”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Capitol Building is termed the Roundhouse in Santa Fe due to the architectural design. Hallways run into a grand circle that overlooks the main floor. Every hallway features gorgeous art of differing periods, artists, styles and regions. If you're into politics, help yourself to a legislative committeee hearing in January-February or wander into the House or Senate Gallery to observe. Non-politicos will enjoy the art, sunlight and beautifully designed building.

Visited January 2013
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