The Golden Central Dome of the Iowa State Capitol Building is the Focus of This Fridge Magnet
This souvenir magnet's image is a closeup of the impressive golden central dome of the Iowa State Capitol. The Capitol itself is remarkable for being the only such building in the United States with five domes, but it is this central dome, with the rotunda below it, that attracts most of the attention. The massive building houses all of the state's major organs of power - including the office of the Governor, Senate and House of Representatives - with the exception of the Supreme Court, which for reasons of judicial independence, maintains a separate building. The dome's dramatic appearence is further heightened by the fact that hte entire building is set on a hill in the West Capitol Terrace with dramatic views of the entire city. The dome is constructed in iron and brick and covered with 23 karat gold leaf,which was replaced in 1964-1965 for a little under $80,000.
Visiting Des Moines - Things to See and Do In the City
Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa and one of the principal cities of the American Midwestern Cornbelt Region. In addition tot he obvious importanc eof agriculture to the areas economy, Des Moines is also a center of the insurance industry. Visitors to Des Moines will enjoy the city's numerous museums, including the extensive Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the Des Moines Art Center, the Science Center of Iowa, and the museum of the State Historical Society. A casino, racetrack and amusement park can be found for thrill-seekers in the town of Altoona to the northeast fo the city. The city is also home to the Hall of Laureates for the World Food Prize, an international award given to those who attempt to address issues regarding the worl's food suppy, including both its quantity and quality.