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Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge

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Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge, New Orleans LA

Description

The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge is an incredible Gothic castle-like building that stands high on a bluff. The green grass all around it is vibrant. The Mississippi River is nearby.
The building is filled with mystery and beauty. In its over 150 years of history, it has seen political debate, war, fire, abandonment followed by wild teen parties, and scandal. The best way to get a feeling for the history around the building is to watch the Ghost of the Castle movie. Usually this is not my kind of thing but in this case it was wonderful! What an unusual spectacle- don't miss it!
It's also wonderful to just stroll around, admiring the stunning staircase and banisters, the kaleidoscope stained glass ceiling, and the regal ballroom. What a beautiful place! If you can only visit one thing in Baton Rouge, this must be it!
There is a huge modern sculpture that is quite awe-inspiring at the east side of the building, in Galvez Plaza.
Walk over to Strands Cafe, a counter-service European-style patisserie, for a delicious breakfast or lunch.

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Incredibly oak trees wrapped in vines, near the City Court building.
Incredibly oak trees wrapped in vines, near the City Court building.
Lush oak tree, just what you expect in the South.
Lush oak tree, just what you expect in the South.
Fountain in front of the City Court.
Fountain in front of the City Court.
The Old State Capitol, as seen from the Clerk of Court garden.
The Old State Capitol, as seen from the Clerk of Court garden.
Huge, modern sculpture in Galvez Plaza.
Huge, modern sculpture in Galvez Plaza.
Impressive modern sculpture in Galvez Plaza.
Impressive modern sculpture in Galvez Plaza.
Modern sculpture.
Modern sculpture.
Looking up at the Old State Capitol.
Looking up at the Old State Capitol.
Carved wooden doors, and checkered floor.
Carved wooden doors, and checkered floor.
Exhibit about voting.
Exhibit about voting.
Model of the Old State Capitol.
Model of the Old State Capitol.
The glorious kaleidoscope ceiling! Breathtaking!
The glorious kaleidoscope ceiling! Breathtaking!
Stained glass window.
Stained glass window.
The lamposts, banister, and archways.
The lamposts, banister, and archways.
The ballroom with its high ceiling and elegant curtains.
The ballroom with its high ceiling and elegant curtains.
The ballroom with its carved wooden doors and interesting chandeliers.
The ballroom with its carved wooden doors and interesting chandeliers.
Sidewalk cafe near the Old State Capitol.
Sidewalk cafe near the Old State Capitol.
Strands Cafe, on Laurel Street.
Strands Cafe, on Laurel Street.
A fleur de lis chocolate at Strands Cafe.
A fleur de lis chocolate at Strands Cafe.
The west side of the Old State Capitol, that faces the river.
The west side of the Old State Capitol, that faces the river.
Decorated fence.
Decorated fence.
Incredible oak branches.
Incredible oak branches.
Historic storefront.
Historic storefront.
Rainy sidewalk under oaks.
Rainy sidewalk under oaks.
Driving across the Mississippi River in the rain.
Driving across the Mississippi River in the rain.
   

Directions

Old State Capitol is located at 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801, call (225) 342-0500.
Open Tues-Fri 10-4, Sat 9-3.
Admission is free! The Ghost of the Castle Show costs around $3 each.
Strands Cafe, 226 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge LA 70801.

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Last Updated Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:05:34 GMT