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United States Capitol Tour

The United States Capitol serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government.

The cast-iron dome of the United States Capitol, constructed between 1855 and 1866, may well be the most famous man-made landmark in America. It is such a fitting finale for the building it crowns, so familiar and dignified, that it seems surprising that its design and construction came late in the Capitol's architectural evolution. Only the marble west front terraces (1884-1892) and the east front extension (1958-1962) are more recent additions to the Capitol than its dome.

As the Capitol Complex has been expanded, new buildings have reflected the taste and values of their time, offering the latest amenities available while retaining a connection to the Capitol's neoclassical forms.

The United States Capitol is open for visitation Monday through Saturday through much of the year, including Federal holidays. Entry into the Capitol can be obtained by procuring passes for a public guided tour at a kiosk on the southwest corner of the grounds, or via reserved tours arranged through your Senator's or Representative's office.

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US Capitol - Baptism of Pocahontas *

Pocahontas, wearing white, being baptized by Anglican minister Alexander Whiteaker in Jamestown, Virginia

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US Capitol - Declaration of Independence *

The Signing of the Declaration of Independence in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776

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US Capitol - Surrender of Lord Cornwallis

American General Benjamin Lincoln on a white horse, French officers on the left, and Americans on the right

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US Capitol - Rotunda Art

The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis is on the left, and on the right General George Washington Resigning His Commission

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U.S. Capitol - Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King takes his rightful place among the heroes of our great nation

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US Capitol - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. *

To date the only African-American honored with a bust in the United States Capitol.

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US Capitol - Rotunda Dome *

This beautiful picture shows the attention to detail and perfection of the inner dome and copula

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US Capitol Tours - Rotunda *

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and taught us the heritage and history evident throughout the complex

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US Capitol Tour - John Quincy Adams

This commemorative plaque marks the location where John Quincy Adams sat at his desk serving as the Representative of Massachusetts from 1831 to 1848

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US Capitol Tours - Chandelier

One of the many exquisite Chandeliers that can be found in the US Capitol complex

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US Capitol - Dollhouse *

The Capitol is the centerpiece of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings

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US Capitol - Center Archway City View

The U.S. Capitol center foyer archway is great American location for a family patriot portrait

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US Capitol - Corinthian Columns *

Ten Corinthian Order columns screen the third and fourth floor in this image

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