|Colorado's State Capitol Building in Downtown Denver was completed in 1901.|
|The Capitol Rotunda|
|View of the Senate from the third floor gallery.|
|Lots and lots of brass adorns the staircases and other fixtures.|
Without too much difficulty, we located a metered space that was actually marked handicapped and free with our temporary permit. We walked a few blocks, our belongings were screened at security, and we signed up for an hour-long guided tour by a delightful and knowledgeable volunteer named Trish. Free tours are available for walk-in groups of less than 10 people starting on the hour between 10-3 Monday through Friday. We had a small group of five, which was a really good size, both for hearing the tour guide and getting around the structure.
|Photo of the old stairway up into the Rotunda is no longer in use.|
|The stairway we actually climbed.|
We learned a lot of the history of Colorado, it's prominent and key figures, much information about the Denver area, as well as the construction of the state's beautiful Capitol. Legislature was in session, and we observed the House of Representatives electronically voting on bills, but the Senate was apparently on lunch break or in recess during our visit. Here's a link if you're interested further information or photographs: https://www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-history-colorado-state-capitol-denver.
|A glimpse of the original stained glass from the back side on the stairs.|
It's a bit of a climb up into the rotunda, but well worth the spectacular views of the city and Rocky Mountains in the distance from the circular outdoor walkway. On our way out, we stopped on the 13th stair of the West Wing which is marked with the official location of the 'Mile High,' after which Denver is nicknamed. Tired and hungry and wanting to get ahead of rush hour traffic, we headed home to our two little Shelties.
|Looking west from the Rotunda, the City and County Building with the Rockies in the background.|
|The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception undergoing renovations to the east.|
|State Flag and rock back from the moon|
|Official Mile High Marker on the 13th step of the West Wing|
|Colorful car ride home.|
|Good-night, Princess Zara!|