The Alabama State Capitol is the state capitol building for Alabama, primarily known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. It is also known as the First Confederate Capitol of the Confederate States of America before being moved to Richmond, Virginia. The architecture of the building is as rare as that of the National Capitol building with a large white dome at the center of it. The original core of the building along with the subsequent additions was designed in Greek Revival architectural style. One of the most remarkable features in the interior of the building are the twin cantilevered spiral staircases, designed by Horace King, just inside the main entrance. The building is a witness to two major events in American history; one is the Civil War and other is Civil Rights Movement. There is a monument known as the Confederate Memorial Monument on the north side of the Capitol Hill, dedicated to State’s Confederate veterans of the American Civil War. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church also called Martin Luther King's church in Montgomery is located just steps away from the Alabama State Capitol from which he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Just few blocks away from the Alabama State Capitol are the Freedom Rides Museum and the Rosa Parks Museum. Visitors to the State Capitol can also go to some of the nearby sites that include Alabama River, House of the Confederacy, Victory Land Greyhound Park and Orderman-Shaw Historic District.
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Montgomery is home to variety of historic buildings, museums, parks, festivals and many sightseeing places. The most notable of all is the Alabama Shakespeare Festival which celebrates art and music. If you are a Shakespeare fan then the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) will be a real treat for you. It is the seventh largest Shakespeare festival in the world and a leading attraction in Montgomery. The festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. The ASF produces variety of classical and contemporary theatrical productions throughout the year, including three works of William Shakespeare, with more than 400 performances scheduled each year. There are two theaters along with production shops, rehearsal halls and administrative work space at the 100,000 sq ft facility, situated on a 250 acre park. The grounds are decorated in English style. If you want to get away from the festival and explore the wildlife in Montgomery then you can go to Montgomery Zoo. The zoo is situated on 40 acres featuring animals from 5 continents. It has unique and barrier-free exhibits that allow animals to move freely and to interact with visitors. This is the only zoo in North America that features coyotes and bears together in a natural setting. There are over 800 animals including a family of chimps and exotic birds in the zoo.