Massachusetts State House

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Photogenic Boston: Beacon Hill/Massachusetts State House
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Spotted from miles away, the golden dome which rests on top of the Massachusetts State House is an iconic reference for many Bostonians. Home to Commonwealth's government, the Statehouse has a rich history that includes many of the figures who shaped America.

The golden dome was built by Paul Revere's company to replace the original structure after it began leaking. The dome has remained the same since its construction in the early 19th century.

Taking a step inside the state house feels more like walking into a museum than a government building. While there are still many modern aspects added to the state house for functionality purposes, most of the building retains its 19th-century elegance. From wall to wall, and pillars high, the State House is covered in detailed marble. There are also grand paintings of former state governors hanging on the walls. The floor is composed of an array of colorful tiles, and the marble staircase makes you feel as if you are floating upwards instead of actually walking!

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While official government business does still take place here during the work day, the Statehouse offers tours for groups to learn about the rich history of this building. Guests are invited to observe both the state Senate and House of Representatives as they work. However, if you would rather just get lost yourself, self-guided tours are welcomed within the public areas.

Cover Photo Credit: @igersmass Instagram

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