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  The Capitol Building
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  • The Capitol Building - Santa Fe
      The Capitol Building
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      Rotunda Window
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  • New Mexico State Seal - Santa Fe
      New Mexico State Seal
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  • Children Playing Depicted in Bronze - Santa Fe
      Children Playing Depicted in Bronze
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We had the pleasure of meeting chief clerk of court, Steve Arias, when we visited Santa Fe's Capitol building. Mr. Arias has the distinction of holding his position as chief clerk for many years. In fact, his is the 4th longest in service to the United States.

He informed us that New Mexico is the largest producer of chili peppers in the United States (the brilliant red color is popular in women's cosmetics); that New Mexico is third in the world for art sales and second in the United States (in regards to value) and a leader in oil and gas production.

Santa Fe is the oldest capitol city in the United States. The legislature meets for 60 days on odd years and 30 days on even years. 11,000-13,000 people come through these doors each day when the legislature is in session. The public at large can witness government in action from the balcony, where seats are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Magnificent pieces of art are scattered throughout the building and worthy of taking a concentrated look. All of the marble within the capitol comes from New Mexico.

Please see the stained glass skylight in the rotunda (picture#2) and the New Mexico government seal (an American Bald Eagle protecting a Mexican Brown Eagle that is clasping a snake in its claw (picture #3). A playful display in bronze sits at the entrance of the Capitol (picture #4) welcoming one and all!

Address: 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Phone: 505-986-4589

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  • Updated Feb 20, 2007
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