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Nestled on a plateau in Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington DC, the Capitol is a power centre, home to the House of Representatives and the Senate. The magnificent white Neoclassical building is capped by a cast iron dome, on which stands the Statue of Freedom. Her helmet is encircled by 9 stars and features a crest with an eagle's head, feathers, and talons, a reference to the costume of Native Americans. Dressed in a flowing robe over a dress, she rests her right hand on the hilt of a sheathed sword, while holding a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with thirteen stripes in her left hand.

The building features numerous impressive paintings, statues, and historical exhibits. Tours of the Capitol building can be arranged through the Visitor Center website (or by calling or emailing your Representative's or Senator's office a few weeks in advance).

The Capitol Building has 5 levels, of which the basement and top floor are occupied by offices, machinery rooms, workshops and other support functions. The ground floor has committee rooms and congressional officers' rooms. Visitors can explore the 100 feet long Hall of Columns, the Brumidi Corridors which have breathtaking murals by Constantino Brumidi, the restored Old Supreme Court Chamber, and the Crypt beneath the Rotunda where historical exhibits are displayed, including 13 statues representing the 13 original colonies, and the Magna Carta replica.

The second floor has the Chambers of the House of Representatives (in the south wing) and the Senate (in the north wing), as well as the offices of the congressional leadership. Visitors can explore the Rotunda which displays paintings and sculpture depicting significant people and events in the nation's history. The adjacent National Statuary Hall houses part of the Capitol's collection of statues, while the Old Senate Chamber has been preserved to retain its mid-19th century look.

The third floor has offices, committee rooms and press galleries. Visitors can witness the proceedings of the House and the Senate when Congress is in session from here.

The Capitol Visitor Center, which is located between the Capitol building and 1st Street East, features an exhibition of the history of the Capitol and Congress. Tours start from here.

About United States Capitol

 Washington, DC, United States

 Nearest Transit: Federal Center SW (Blue Line, Orange Line & Silver Line)

 +1 202 226-800


United States Capitol and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial(2.3 km)
Thomas Jefferson played an outsized role as one of the USA's Founding Fathers, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president.

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art(0.8 km)
The staggering depth and breadth of the world-class collections here are a clear testament to U.

National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History(1.6 km)
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History showcases the social, political, cultural, and scientific heritage as well as economic and military history of the United States.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum(1.9 km)
Both a museum and a memorial, this space is dedicated to the exposition of just what exactly occurred during the Holocaust, its pointless inhumanity and unbelievable suffering.

Washington Monument

Washington Monument(2.1 km)
Looming large over the entire National Mall, the Washington Monument is a soaring tribute to Founding Father and first President of the USA George Washington.

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History(1.3 km)
The real show stoppers here are the gargantuan, complete dinosaur fossils, and you won't have to search to find them! Further into the museum you'll find displays of world cultures, meteorites, mineral samples, and the evolution of life from beginnings to today.

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum(0.8 km)
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum houses the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the world.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court(0.5 km)
The awe-inspiring Neoclassical Supreme Court Building is the seat of the hallowed institution of the Supreme Court of the United States and the nerve center of the Judicial Branch of government.

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