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St. Paul, Minnesota

Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota. Part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area along with Minneapolis, St. Paul is a very beautiful city along the banks of the Mississippi. Founded near historic Native American settlements as a trading and transportation center, the city rose to prominence when it was named the capital of the Minnesota Territory in 1849. Though Minneapolis is more nationally recognized, Saint Paul contains important institutions and the state's political activity.

At the center of Saint Paul are two must see buildings. The Minnesota State Capitol, designed by Cass Gilbert, drew acclaim from the entire country when it was opened in 1905. The exterior of the State Capitol is made of white Georgia marble and St. Cloud granite. Six marble statues above the main entrance greet visitors. Daniel Chester French collaborated with Edward Potter to create the golden sculpture group at the base of the dome titled The Progress of the State, commonly referred to as the Quadriga. Cass Gilbert commissioned works of art to be placed throughout the building. More than 20 types of stone are used in the halls, stairways and chambers. Prominent among the Minnesota stones is limestone
from Mankato, which is used on the walls. The vaulted ceilings of the corridors are decorated with hand-painted arabesques and designs of grains and fruits grown in Minnesota. There are tours conducted every day for a suggested donation of $5 and is well worth it. The paintings in the Senate are exquisite and the preservation of the Battle Flags is commendable.

The second building is the Cathedral of Saint Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul. The building of the current cathedral was instigated by Archbishop John Ireland in 1904. At Ireland's direction, the archdiocese commissioned well-known French Beaux-Arts architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, who was also the chief architect of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, and construction began in 1906. The interior is illuminated by twenty-four stained glass windows featuring angelic choirs. There is also a rose window in the transept designed by Charles Connick. Electric lighting was installed in 1940. A replica of the famous Pieta can be found in this cathedral. This is a marble casting of the original so looks exactly like it.

It is also worth driving along Summitt Avenue at the base of the Cathedral to take a look at the mansions that lines this street. Along with Minneapolis this small city is a great place to visit for the weekend or if time permits for even longer.

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Knute Nelson,  Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Knute Nelson, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
John Albert Johnson, 3 times governor of Minnesota, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
John Albert Johnson, 3 times governor of Minnesota, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
John Albert Johnson, 3 times governor of Minnesota, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
John Albert Johnson, 3 times governor of Minnesota, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Leif Erikson,  Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Leif Erikson, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Quadriga, The Progress of the State which was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, Minnesota State capitol
Quadriga, The Progress of the State which was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, Minnesota State capitol
The Progress of the State which was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, Minnesota State Capitol
The Progress of the State which was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, Minnesota State Capitol
The Progress of the State which was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, Minnesota State Capitol
The Progress of the State which was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, Minnesota State Capitol
The North Star, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
The North Star, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Dome, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Dome, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Interior, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Interior, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Minnesota Supreme Court, State Capitol
Minnesota Supreme Court, State Capitol
House of Representatives, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
House of Representatives, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
Minnesota,the Spirit of Government, designed by Carl Brioschi, House of Representatives, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
Minnesota,the Spirit of Government, designed by Carl Brioschi, House of Representatives, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
Ceiling artwork, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Ceiling artwork, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Art, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Art, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
The Civilization of
the Northwest, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
The Civilization of the Northwest, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Art, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Art, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Painting in the Senate, Edwin Blashfield, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Painting in the Senate, Edwin Blashfield, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Painting in the Senate, Edwin Blashfield, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Painting in the Senate, Edwin Blashfield, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Art, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Art, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
A view of Minneapolis from from the Minnesota State Capitol dome, St.Paul
A view of Minneapolis from from the Minnesota State Capitol dome, St.Paul
View from the dome, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
View from the dome, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Minnesota State Capitol and the Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Minnesota State Capitol and the Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Front entrance with rose window, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Front entrance with rose window, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Rose window, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Rose window, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
St.Luke, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
St.Luke, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Replica of the Pieta, recreated by Vescova Buonnarati Art, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Replica of the Pieta, recreated by Vescova Buonnarati Art, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Replica of the Pieta, recreated by Vescova Buonnarati Art, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Replica of the Pieta, recreated by Vescova Buonnarati Art, Cathedral of St.Paul, Summit Hill, St.Paul
Minnesota State Office building, St.Paul
Minnesota State Office building, St.Paul
Minnesota State Office building, St.Paul
Minnesota State Office building, St.Paul
Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Church through the fall colors, St. Paul
Church through the fall colors, St. Paul
Saint Clements Church, St. Paul
Saint Clements Church, St. Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
James Hill house, Summit Ave., St.Paul
James Hill house, Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
Summit Ave., St.Paul
US mail system, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul
US mail system, Minnesota State Capitol, St.Paul