A day at the state house    

Then we came to some basic facts: The State house is divided into 4 stories, one of which is the basement and each story is occupied by one of the 3 pillars of every democracy (the legislative, executive and the judicial). Also she told us about the materials that were used to build the State house: black and red Marble (from the states) white Marble (from Italy), Limestone (from Indiana) and Granite (also from the states). In this room there also were 8 Statues which stand for everything a correctly functioning state should have. These statues are made from white Italian Marble and also they were carved in Italy. The whole state house cost just shy of $2.000.000 which was the maximum amount the State was willing to spend at the time of building it.

Then we left this room and went to the office of the Minister of education of Indiana. The guide the told us that almost the entire interior of all the rooms still looks just like in 1888. Of course all the furniture was replaced but the walls still look the same, the wooden carvings were also still the same and also all the fireplaces were still in the rooms they do not work anymore and are blocked off but they still are some sick looking decoration. 

Afterwards we went into a congress room for 100 officials who decided about all of the laws of the state of Indiana. At the top of this room was an enormous chandelier with 100 lightbulbs (1 lightbulb per official). Also there was a huge painting on the wall which’s meaning was then explained to us. Afterwards we were taken to another room where some ministers decided about matters other than laws (like what to spend money on).

Finally we were taken to court.

The guide told us how a normal court room looks like and at the wall there were a lot of judges, also she told us why there are only 2 female judges are on the wall.

When we finished the tour we went to “Beef and Boards” to eat and watch a musical but this is another story.

 

Carl Schneider