The Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines is a grand government landmark that is well worth visiting. Its Renaissance Revival architecture is grandiose yet inviting, and the 20-acre complex is a popular photo opportunity. Inside, explore the rotunda with the original stained-glass dome and the restored Senate and House chambers. Take the elevator to the top of the gold leaf dome for jaw-dropping views of buildings, parks, and the Des Moines River. Admire the permanent and travelling art collections, or attend a public ceremony. Don't miss the garden terraces and historic buildings around the Capitol. Discover fascinating historical facts on your visit and learn why this is the spiritual heart of Iowa.
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