The Capitol – "El Capitolio"
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Capitol of Puerto Rico, also known as the Palace of Laws, is the seat of the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico, which is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The building is located on Juan Ponce de León avenue in the Puerta de Tierra sector, in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Capitol was designed by Puerto Rican architect Rafael Carmoega and was built between 1921 and 1929. The building is neoclassical in style and made of white marble. The building’s façade is adorned with Corinthian columns and a triangular pediment.
The interior of the Capitol is decorated with murals and mosaics that represent the history and culture of Puerto Rico.
The Sessions Hall of the House of Representatives is decorated with a mural by Rafael Ríos Rey that represents the history of democracy in Puerto Rico. The Senate Sessions Hall is decorated with a mural by José Oliver that represents the history of the constitution of Puerto Rico.
The Capitol of Puerto Rico is an impressive building that is an important symbol of the history and culture of the island. It represents an important symbol of democracy and the sovereignty of Puerto Rico. The building is a popular tourist destination and is visited by millions of people every year.
Here are some additional facts about the Puerto Rico Capitol:
- The building stands 165 feet (50 m) tall.
- The building has an area of 290,000 square feet (26,000 m2).
- The building has a construction cost of $3 million.
- The dome of the Capitol is made of 300,000 gold tiles.
- The Capitol has 543 rooms.
- The Capitol’s rotunda is decorated with murals depicting the history of Puerto Rico.
- The Capitol’s library contains over 100,000 books.
- The Capitol’s bell tower has 53 bells.
- The building is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.
The Capitol is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for tours. Guided tours are available in English and Spanish.
You can visit the Capital Building during the weekdays with a free guided tour.
The tours are in Spanish or English. The Capitol is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The building is closed on weekends.
On weekdays when the House of Representatives and the Senate are in session, people can be on the second floor and see the session.