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Massachusetts State House

Beneath the golden dome

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Something fishy has been going on here for years, and it’s not only the politics. The gilded 23-karat gold dome of the Massachusetts State House commands respect on the sidewalk. But inside the chambers, it’s a simple wooden codfish that keeps everyone in line. Carved from a single piece of humble pine and mounted on the wall across from the Speaker’s seat in the House of Representatives, the “Sacred Cod” is a reminder of the importance of the sea to the livelihood of the Commonwealth. The chandelier in the Senate chamber, aka the “Holy Mackerel”, sends the same subtle message.

Docents lead free tours of the State House throughout the day. Or, pick up a brochure and walk yourself around to admire the state’s symbols, statues and flags.

The state house is across from Boston Common, the Shaw Memorial, and atop Beacon Hill.

T: Park/Red or Park/Green


At A Glance

Address:
Beacon Street at Park Street
Boston
Price:
n/a
must schedule tours in advance
Hours:
Open weekdays 10-4

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