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In Springfield, two beautiful domes pierce the sky, symbolizing the

democratic ideals of the Prairie State. If you happen to ask for directions to the
"Capitol" during your next visit, you're likely to be answered with, "Which one?"
We use the shorthand "old" and "new" to describe them, and each unique and
impressive building is definitely worth a visit. Illinois became a state in 1818,
and Springfield became its capital in 1837, succeeding Kaskaskia and Vandalia,
Illinois as the permanent location.
The highest elevation in Springfield was chosen for this capitol building, and to
this day, no structure in Springfield is allowed to be taller than its zinc-covered
dome. It is a majestic example of French Renaissance style and serves as the
center of Illinois politics and government. Spectators can watch the House
and Senate proceedings from public galleries, visit legislative offices and learn
about the history and current use of the building on daily free guided tours.
Ground was broken on the current Illinois statehouse in 1868, and the building's
first general assembly was held there in 1877.

Heads up!
Don't miss the rotunda.

Rotunda inside the dome of the
Illinois State Capitol

While you're inside the Illinois State
Capitol, walk to the center, under the
dome. Look up and enjoy the view!

Illinois State Capitol

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