As I mentioned last week I have been doing some tourist type things with a niece who is living with us and is new to the area. It is like seeing St. Paul for the first time. Last week we toured our amazing Minnesota State Capitol building. I have been in the building several times but have not taken the official tour in many years.
The tour takes about 45 min and they have several of them each day and they start on the hour.
We were able to get on the roof for a close-up and personal look at the famous gold-leafed Quadriga. The four horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind, fire and water. The women symbolize civilization and the man standing on the chariot represents prosperity. The sculpture is called “Progress of the State,” was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Potter and placed on the Capitol in 1906.
“Progress of State”
The Minnesota State Capitol is a masterpiece, work of art and certainly a treasure. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and features 23 types of stone. There are many paintings and works of art inside the building and on school days a lot of children too.
We also visited several of the war memorials on the State Capitol grounds including the new firefighters memorial.
Travel is wonderful but lets not forget what is right in our own back yard that people travel here to see.
At top: The dome of the Minnesota State Capitol Building