A true landmark of the Empire State, the New York State Capitol took 32 years and five architects to build.  It was completed in 1899 only after a great deal of political and artistic controversy. Touted as being in the French Renaissance architectural style of the chateau-like Hotel de Ville in Paris, it is actually a combination of French and Italian Renaissance, Classical, and Romanesque architectural styles all melded together into a unique building that at the time of its completion was considered to be the most expensive government building of the era. On the inside, one can see just a touch of opulence among the many hand-painted murals depicting the heritage and culture of New York State. After much restoration work, the grandeur of fine craftsmanship of the wood and stonework of the interior is also on display.  The Capitol is a highlight of Albany and should not be missed. More information about this heritage site can be found here and the restoration here.