The Supreme Court Building is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States. Completed in 1935, it is situated in Washington, immediately east of the United States Capitol. The building is under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. The Supreme Court Building is built in the Neoclassical style. The public façade is made of marble quarried from Vermont, and that of the non-public-facing courtyards, Georgia marble. Most of the interior spaces are lined with Alabama marble, except for the Courtroom itself, which is lined with Spanish ivory vein marble.



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Kevin P (46 days ago)
Such an impressive building! As I sat here looking at it and taking some pictures, I thought about how the Justice's should be required to walk up those steps each morning and back down them in the evening when they leave. I understand there's security risks, but entering through tunnels and going through elevators to their offices seems to take away accountability to the people for their decisions. I also think if they walk out those front doors and down the steps, maybe they'll have more opportunity to gaze out at the Capitol and Washington Monument and be reminded of what we founded this great Country on, and the morals and values that are represented in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. To have Ginsburg saying that she wouldn't look to the US Constitution if she was to draft a new one, is a travesty for a member of our Supreme Court. Her job is to uphold and defend the Constitution and the people, not to slice and dice it to fit the current waves of popular culture that comes and goes.
Alessandra GomeZ (2 months ago)
Amazing structure. I enjoyed the law depictions on the massive doors. Went on a holiday so I couldn’t go inside. The facilities and grounds were all empty and it was so peaceful. Going on a holiday is the best for outdoor pictures, not many people are walking around to mess up the clean shots. It’s sort of like you own the place for a day.
Tony Falcon (2 months ago)
Nice place to visit but make sure you don’t show up 10 mins before closing or the staff won’t let you in. They do not care and do not do any favors at all. Way too strict and not understanding. They don’t care about your happiness at all. I told the security that my flight was leaving tomorrow morning and he had no sympathy. No reaction or care in the world. All I wanted to do was go to the gift shop because I forgot to go earlier. Guess I’ll have to go when I come back (years from now). So sad.
John Muhlhauser (3 months ago)
Amazing architecture! I absolutely enjoyed my visit! Even though there is a partial government shutdown I saw no signs of trash or negligence here. It wasn't crowded so it made for some really good pictures to be taken. Such a cool place to go and visit!
Travis McIntire (7 months ago)
Magnificent Building with so much history being made inside - past & present, it's hard not to just sit and wonder about all that has happened in there over the years. And all that will happen in the future and our children's future... God Bless America and All it Stands For. The Supreme Court Building is closed on weekends and federal holidays. The building is open to the public Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The Church of Our Lady before Týn is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church's towers are 80 m high and topped by four small spires.

In the 11th century, this area was occupied by a Romanesque church, which was built there for foreign merchants coming to the nearby Týn Courtyard. Later it was replaced by an early Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn in 1256. Construction of the present church began in the 14th century in the late Gothic style under the influence of Matthias of Arras and later Peter Parler. By the beginning of the 15th century, construction was almost complete; only the towers, the gable and roof were missing. The church was controlled by Hussites for two centuries, including John of Rokycan, future archbishop of Prague, who became the church's vicar in 1427. The roof was completed in the 1450s, while the gable and northern tower were completed shortly thereafter during the reign of George of Poděbrady (1453–1471). His sculpture was placed on the gable, below a huge golden chalice, the symbol of the Hussites. The southern tower was not completed until 1511, under architect Matěj Rejsek.

After the lost Battle of White Mountain (1620) began the era of harsh recatholicisation (part of the Counter-Reformation). Consequently, the sculptures of 'heretic king' George of Poděbrady and the chalice were removed in 1626 and replaced by a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, with a giant halo made from by melting down the chalice. In 1679 the church was struck by lightning, and the subsequent fire heavily damaged the old vault, which was later replaced by a lower baroque vault.

Renovation works carried out in 1876–1895 were later reversed during extensive exterior renovation works in the years 1973–1995. Interior renovation is still in progress.

The northern portal is a wonderful example of Gothic sculpture from the Parler workshop, with a relief depicting the Crucifixion. The main entrance is located on the church's western face, through a narrow passage between the houses in front of the church.

The early baroque altarpiece has paintings by Karel Škréta from around 1649. The oldest pipe organ in Prague stands inside this church. The organ was built in 1673 by Heinrich Mundt and is one of the most representative 17th-century organs in Europe.