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Best Landmarks in Austin

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Central Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church has had a presence in the area since 1839, two and a half months prior to the chartership of Austin. Years later, divisions within the church over the issue of the Civil War caused the church to split. It was from this schism that the pro-northern Central Presbyterian Church was formed, though it was then called Southern Presbyterian Church. The title of the church has changed numerous times over the years, but they have been at their present downtown location since 1871. It was finally named the Central Presbyterian Church in 1983, when all conflicts were resolved.

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Governor's Mansion

The Governor's Mansion is one of the most significant landmarks in Austin. It was built in the mid 19th Century, giving it a historical status. The mansion is accentuated with elegant furnishings such as Sam Houston's bed, antiques, famous paintings and more. The Governor's Mansion was built using bricks and wood, thus giving a timeless touch to it. There are regular guided tours conducted here, although reservations are a must.

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St. David's Episcopal Church

The historic St. David's Episcopal Church was built in 1854. Located in Downtown Austin, the beautiful Gothic structure is one of the oldest buildings in the city and therefore, a part of the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). St. David's Episcopal Church is considered one of the most important places of worship in the city and is often sought for events such as baptisms and weddings.

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Saint Mary Cathedral

Saint Mary Cathedral, designed by noted Texan architect Nicholas J. Clayton, is one of oldest Catholic churches in Austin. Its construction was completed in 1884, but exquisite French and German stained glass windows were added in much later. A beautiful piece of Gothic Revival architecture, this small cathedral now seems almost dwarfed by the high-rise buildings downtown. Apart from regular Sunday services, weekly masses are also conducted; check website for further information.

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Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Hace menos de un siglo, este puente servía como entrada a Austin. Originalmente se trataba de un puente de madera para peatones, en el que los viajeros pagaban un peaje de un níquel para cruzar el río Colorado (y un níquel adicional por el caballo). En 1902, el puente fue arrastrado por una inundación y se sustituyó por un nuevo puente diseñado para trasladar el tráfico de automóviles. Desde entonces, el puente ha mantenido su estatus como una manera sustancial de viajar para la gente de Austin. Una de las vistas más impresionantes de Austin tiene lugar al atardecer desde marzo hasta principios de noviembre, cuando 1 millón y medio de murciélagos mexicanos salen de sus nidos bajo el puente.

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Texas State Capitol

El lema dice que "todo es más grande en Texas", y si nos fijamos en su capital, la frase suena verdadera. El Capitolio del Estado de Texas mide 94 metros, fue inspirado por el de Washington DC, y posee la distinción de ser el Capitolio más alto de la nación. Fue diseñado por el arquitecto Elijah E. Myers, construido de granito rojo, y tomó más de siete años en completarse. Fue terminado en 1888, con un costo total de más de tres millones de dólares, un precio extravagante incluso para los estándares de hoy en día. Cuenta con jardines cuidados, que reflejan el tranquilo ritmo de vida bajo el sol de Texas, que invita a dar un paseo tranquilo o tomar un día de descanso bajo un árbol.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue

In 1994, Austin decided to erect a statue honoring the late musician, Stevie Ray Vaughan and denizens overwhelmingly chose Auditorium Shores as the perfect spot. Vaughn's lyrical and guitar work has charmed many ears and hearts in this music-oriented city and beyond. More than ten years after his death, a steady progression of locals and visitors still leave mementos to this great performer. Stop by and pay your respects to a beloved Austin music legend.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, an old Hispanic parish in Austin, was originally located on Fifth and Guadalupe. Built in 1907, the church was forced to move to its present location in east Austin in the 1920s due to a city-enforced master plan of cultural segregation. This second church was not large enough to accommodate the growing members, and the current church was set up in the 1950s. This congregation is especially known for its widespread celebration of the Feast of Guadalupe on December 12th, the patron saint not only of their church but for Latinos everywhere.

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The University of Texas Tower

La Torre de la Universidad de Texas (el edificio administrativo principal) tiene 27 pisos de alto y es un referente de la ciudad de Austin. Se encuentra muy cerca de la altura del Capitolio, y el mirador ofrece una hermosa vista de la ciudad. La torre brilla de color naranja, y el repique de las campanas suena con cada victoria de los equipos de la Universidad, como testimonio del espíritu escolar. Esta belleza arquitectónica es una visita obligada cuando se visita el Campus.

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All Saints' Episcopal Church

All Saints' Episcopal Church was built by Bishop George Herbert Kinsolving, who is buried in a crypt underneath the altar. Originally established as a chapel, this church served the members of Grace Hall, then a women's dormitory for the University of Texas. The chapel was given the designation of a church in 1909. Despite its close proximity to the UT campus, All Saints' attracts a varied congregation of singles and families alike, some driving from as far away as Buda to enjoy the warm atmosphere.

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Lady Bird Lake

A reservoir of the undulating Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake lies nestled in startling contrast with the cosmopolitan buildings that fringe it. Originally known as 'Town Lake', this reservoir was created in 1960, with the construction of the Longhorn Dam. For a decade, this lake was left in a derelict state, until it was transformed into a beautiful recreation zone in the 1970s. In 2007, the lake was given the name Lady Bird Lake, honoring the memory of the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. Its glassy waters a wonderland for recreation, the lake is skirted by lush, emerald droves, winding trails, the sprawling Zilker Park and the rejuvenating Barton Springs. The lake enables an array of exhilarating activities like kayaking, canoeing, rowing, paddleboarding and recreational fishing. Lady Bird Lake has been host to a string of sporting events, while its bank is popular for musical performances.

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Pennybacker Bridge

Austin's Pennybacker Bridge, which carries the Capital of Texas Highway across the Colorado River, is considered to be part of one of the most scenic urban drives in the state. Named for its designer, Percy Pennybacker, the bridge opened to traffic in 1982. The bridge, which cost USD10 million to build and complete, is also known as the "360 Bridge" and is crossed by roughly 48,000 vehicles daily.

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