Minnesota State Capitol
Perhaps the grandest of all Twin Cities' sites is the State Capitol, which was built on a hill overlooking downtown
Saint Paul. The Capitol was designed by Cass Gilbert, a nationally renowned Saint Paul architect, and con-
structed in 1905. It is crowned by the largest unsupported marble dome in the world.
At the base of the enormous dome, modeled after Michelangelo's masterpiece,
the Quadriga, a dramatic grouping of four prancing horses, symbolizing the
power of nature, is held in check by two women, representing civilization. A chari-
oteer, Prosperity, holds aloft a horn of plenty in one hand and in the other he
grasps a banner bearing the inscription 'Minnesota.'
Free, guided tours acquaint visitors with the Capitol's equally impressive interior
and its fine oil paintings. Art, as you'll soon discover, is as important to Saint
Paulites as is dramatic architecture. The tours also outline the role of state govern-
ment and describe Minnesota's history and its role in the Civil War.
The Minnesota State Capitol overlooking downtown Saint Paul