The neoclassical dome of the Utah State Capitol has an architectural element that has become a common symbol of democracy in the United States. The outer dome towers over 250 feet from the base of the front stairs. The shell of the dome is made of Utah's own copper, installed in 1980, to replace the original copper covering after portions were blown off in a heavy windstorm. In the background is the Kennecott Utah Copper Mine, where 25% of America's copper is produced.
The most popular sightseeing attractions in Salt Lake City are Temple Square, which includes the Mormon Tabernacle where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs on Sundays and rehearses on Thursdays, as well as where a daily organ recital occurs; the Salt Lake Temple, which is not open to the public but the gardens around the Mormon Temple provide a great setting for photography; the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly a luxury hotel called the Hotel Utah; City Creek Center, a billion-dollar shopping center with landscaping that includes waterfalls and water fountains; and the Family History Library, the world's largest genealogy library. Utah State Capitol is a tourist attraction that is quite popular. Explore these attractions on a sightseeing tour of downtown Salt Lake City.