KIDS: The Connecticut State Capitol - 3

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Just walking around the Capitol can give visitors a good look at elaborate doorways, windows and arches, statues and carvings that decorate the building.

{State Capitol showing Statues}

The outside of the Capitol has 26 niches (spaces) for statues, and 16 spaces for tympana (carved scenes). The spaces are not all filled yet!

Twenty-three niches are filled with statues of individuals from Connecticut's history. The oldest statues (Roger Sherman and Jonathan Trumbull) are on the East side of the building, facing Trinity Street, and date from 1878.

The statue of Ella Grasso is the newest and was added in 1987. To this date, she is the only woman shown on the outside of the Capitol.

{Ella Grasso Statute on the Capitol}

Eight tympana illustrate important events in Connecticut's  history, including Thomas Hooker's March to Hartford, the Charter Oak, and the Connecticut State Seal.

Hooker's March to Hartford Tympanum
{Charter Oak Tympanum}
The Charter Oak Tympanum
{Stone Seal Tympanum}
The Great Seal Tympanum

 High up, 12 statues circle the gold dome. These statues represent agriculture, commerce, education/law, force/war, science/justice and music.

  {Capitol Dome Showing Statues}

Statues also stand on the beautiful grounds of the Capitol.

{Statue of Lafayette}
Statue of Lafayette
{Statue of Colonel Thomas Knowlton}
Statue of Colonel Knowlton
{Statue of Major Edwards}
Statue of Major Edwards

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