Wednesday, November 12, 2008

South Carolina State Capitol Building

The Capitol Building in Columbia SC

The sculpture of George Washington in front of the building

George Washington is overlooking the new modern Down Town of Columbia,SC

A sculpture of General Wade Hampton at the backside of the building

Nice evening light view from the Capitol Building with sculpture

The South Carolina State Capitol Building in Columbia, SC

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Columbia, South Carolina is the SC State Capitol Building. The SC State Capitol Building consists of the South Carolina General Assembly, and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.

It is an extremely historic building whose creation began in 1852. However, many events following that year caused delays in its completion. In 1854 what had already been built needed to be torn down because inappropriate materials were used. In 1865 building was suspended due to the war and the destruction in Columbia. In 1885 construction was to continue but the architect died and a new one had to be appointed. By 1907 after an estimated $3,540,000 was spent on the structure, it was almost finished.

There are many distinctive architectural designs on the SC State Capitol Building. For example, the copper dome on its roof makes it stand out within the complex. There are also 6 bronze stars on the building, which represent the hits made from Sherman’s tanks in 1865.

Today the SC State Capitol Building is home to a number of remarkable monuments and memorials commemorating different people who played a significant role in South Carolina’s history. They also commemorate those who fought and died for the state and the country. Within the SC State Capitol Building is a beautiful portrait and art gallery. Here you will find amazing works of art and portraits of notable members of the Senate and House.

Tours are available of the SC State Capitol Building and the grounds. It’s a great highlight of the Columbia area. It’s filled with so much history and is significant of South Carolina government. It’s a terrific learning experience for people of all ages.

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Sue said...

Your images are pretty enough to be notecards or postcards. Love them! Very nicely "framed" with the wonderful fall foliage.

Susanne49 said...

Thanks so much for this words, Sue!:)

Marcie said...

Wonderful tour of the capital. Nice images..definitely postcard-worthy!!!

Mark Antony said...

Beautiful Autumn colours, Sue!

marie6 said...

Wonderful photos, and that building is amazing!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Marcie

for your stop here on my blog and for the comment. I'm glad you liked it too :)

Susanne49 said...

Hello Mark

nice to see you around again, thanks for the comment :)

Susanne49 said...

Yes, the building is very impressive and there are a lot of subjects to photograph.

Thanks for the comment, marie6! :)

Carole said...

lovely buildings and monuments. Thankyou for the tour Sue

Susanne49 said...

You're very welcome Carol! I love to play "tour guide" and show new interesting places to my visitors.:)

odiekarone said...

Thank you for the photos, Sue. I just recently discovered my birth mom, and that General Hampton was my great grandfather. :-)DIANE


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