Rhode Island State House - Providence, RI, USA
Posted by: Hikenutty
N 41° 49.806 W 071° 24.896
19T E 299463 N 4633732
Quick Description: This Neo-classical style capitol is topped with the 4th largest self supporting stone dome in the world, the only ones larger being the Taj Mahal, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Minnesota State Capitol.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2006 4:15:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM10A4
While Rhode Island is the smallest of the American states, its capitol building can stand with the best of them. Here are a few interesting facts:
The capitol is made from 327,000 cubic feet of white Georgia marble, plus 15,000,000 bricks, and 1,309 tons of iron beams.
Like the Texas state capitol, there is a copy of the state seal in the rotunda floor. Unlike the Texas capitol, Rhode Island does not like when visitors walk on it.
Only three other buildings in the world have larger self-supporting marble domes: Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Holy See, The Minnesota state capitol in Saint Paul, and the Taj Mahal in India.
Inside the dome is an inscription in Latin which translates to "Rare felicity of the times when it is permitted to think what you like and say what you think."
If you'd like to take a self-guided tour of the Capitol Building, head straight on up to the Secretary of State's office in room 217 for a free Rhode Island State House Guide.