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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.
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.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Ritz is the downtown branch of the highly successful Alama Drafhouse Cinema chain. The 2-screen venue takes film-viewing to an all new level combining it with excellent dining facilities. In an otherwise traditional theater seating, rows of narrow tables are spread out for the audience to feast on quality food and drinks. The theater screens the latest Hollywood flicks, besides being host to a multitude of live performers. The cozy private balconies offer a great view of the screen and is a hit with audiences. It is is not just movies; it's a wholesome entertainment experience! Call for more information.
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.
Originally housing the first classes ever held by the University of Texas at Austin in 1894, the remains of Austin's first state house are directly across from the current State Capitol Building. Once serving as a temporary capitol building after a fire destroyed the original, the only remains are the foundation and cistern. Take a moment and consider the great achievements, trials and tribulations that have molded Texas into the state it is today.