Originally published May 4, 2012
Minnesota became the 32nd state to enter the union on May 11, 1858. This is the only recurring date that the State Capitol lights up a chandelier that is hanging in the rotunda. It is also lit for special occasions such as governor inaugurations or if an important person is lying in state.
The chandelier weighs one ton, is over 6 feet wide, has 92 light bulbs, and is suspended at a height of 142 feet. It was installed in 1904. It can be lowered for cleanings and inspections, and I suppose to change a burned out light bulb. Imagine having that job! Good thing it is only illuminated a couple of times a year.
I made this image back in 2005, so long ago I actually shot it on film. I attempted to get an all-encompassing shot of the rotunda with the chandelier.
If you would like to see the chandelier in all its glory, mark your calendar for next Friday. The capitol is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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