Massachusetts State House and Old State House
A good place to start is by visiting two of the city’s most historic buildings.
Obligatory first stop
The Massachusetts State House sits at the top of Beacon Hill and is home to both the General Court of the state and the Governor’s Office. Its huge golden dome is the most eye-catching feature of this complex, which was designed in 1798 by architect Charles Bullfinch. This dome, originally made with wooden beams, was covered in copper and coated with 23 carat gold to stop it from leaking. The Massachusetts State House is the oldest building in the whole region, which may be why it is used as a backdrop in many American films. For example, the dome of this Capitol (the American term for where a Legislature meets) appears in the last scene of The Departed by Martin Scorsese. The Old State House, one of the oldest building in the whole country, is another absolute must for those visiting the city for the first time.