United States Capitol

Washington, D.C., United States

The United States Capitol is the seat of the United States Congress. It sits atop Capitol Hill, at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District's street-numbering system and the District's four quadrants.

The original building was completed in 1800 and was subsequently expanded, particularly with the addition of the massive dome. Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in a distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. Both its east and west elevations are formally referred to as fronts, though only the east front was intended for the reception of visitors and dignitaries.

In 2014, scaffolding was erected around the dome for a restoration project scheduled to be completed by early 2017.

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Founded: 1793-1800
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United States

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Anthony P (26 days ago)
Highly recommend - walk the same ground as Webster, Calhoun, and Crockett. See the statuary representing each state. See artwork that was in your history books and architecture that is amazing. See a museum containing original artifacts that completely changed world history. Top notch tour guides! Reserve your free tickets online, read the websites know before you go, and enjoy. Nice cafe, clean restrooms, and coat check.
Riya Jhala (27 days ago)
The US Capitol visitor center is free for everyone and even though you need a timed ticket, it is free of charge. You can purchase it once you enter and you’ll get the first one available next. They have tours every 10 minutes so it shouldn’t be a long wait. The tour consists of a movie showing the history of the capitol and constitution followed by seeing the important parts of the capitol. History buffs will love it. Follow this up by visiting the library of congress which is free too.
Jason Oliver (29 days ago)
What a stunning and eye-popping experience! We're so glad that we went on the tour of the Capitol. The domed ceiling with the apotheosis of Washington by Brumidi is something I could look at for several minutes (but not up close, oh well). The hall of statues with famous figures from each state is perfectly arranged. There's also a mini-museum that you can look around in before you begin your tour, with an elaborate model of the Capitol.
Ethan Stewart (31 days ago)
A most amazing experience every American should look at the history! The dome and the middle of the capital was the most beautiful American architectural part and many a favorite! Especially for Lincoln fans. Also the tours were great and not to busy. The statues have rich history and mostly the main course.
shajudeen e p (2 months ago)
A Must-See Monument: Exploring the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. As a symbol of American democracy and the seat of the U.S. Congress, the Capitol Building stands as a must-see landmark in Washington D.C. More than just a beautiful architectural marvel, it's a living testament to the nation's history and ongoing political processes. Stepping onto the Capitol grounds is like stepping into a scene straight out of a history book. The neoclassical design, with its white stone facade, grand columns, and iconic dome, exudes an air of grandeur and timeless elegance. Every detail, from the intricate friezes depicting historical events to the majestic Statue of Freedom atop the dome, tells a story. Whether you're an architecture enthusiast or simply appreciate fine craftsmanship, the Capitol is a true feast for the eyes. The Capitol is not just a pretty building; it's a treasure trove of American history. You can wander through the halls where pivotal decisions have been made, such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the ratification of the Civil Rights Act. Standing in the very chambers where the Senate and House of Representatives debate and vote is a humbling experience that puts you in touch with the ongoing lifeblood of American democracy. The best way to fully appreciate the Capitol is to take a guided tour. These informative tours, offered free of charge, take you through the building's most significant spaces, sharing fascinating insights into its history, architecture, and ongoing operations. You can also explore the informative exhibitions at the Capitol Visitor Center, which delve deeper into specific aspects of American history and government. Visiting the U.S. Capitol Building is an enriching experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. It's a place where history comes alive, where you can witness the workings of American democracy firsthand, and where you can appreciate the architectural grandeur of a national symbol.
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