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The Kansas state capitol building, also known as the Kansas Statehouse, is located downtown Topeka, Kansas. Standing at the very top of the capitol dome is the figure of a Kanza Indian named Ad Astra (to the stars); from the state motto, "Ad Astra per Aspera", Latin for "To the Stars through Difficulties."

The Kansas State Capitol has recently completed a 13 year, top to bottom restoration of the building that has restored the original architect's vision, uncovered beautiful murals, preserved original features, renovating aging limestone, and expanded work space. The new copper on the dome shines like a bright new penny for now; but I have been told that it has been left untreated so that it will return to that historic patina we've all come to know.

I've heard that the top of the dome stands taller than that of the United States Capitol dome although its diameter is about half the size.

The building itself is a beautiful site to see, the walls are covered with murals painted by John Stuart Curry, and the whole place is filled with architectural details that should make for some interesting images.

I do believe that another visit, on a less crowded day, is in order. Add this one back to the list!
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