United States Capitol in Washington

1st St SE & E Capitol St

United States Capitol

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is the home of the United States Congress. The building, which has served as the meeting place of the legislative branch of the U.S. government since 1800, is a symbol of American democracy and the strength of the nation.

The Capitol was designed by architect William Thornton, and construction began in 1793. The building was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and features an iconic rotunda, which is adorned with frescoes and sculptures that depict important events in American history.

One interesting fact about the Capitol is that it was burned by the British during the War of 1812. The building was rebuilt and expanded over the years and now covers over 1.5 million square feet. The Capitol also features a large dome, which was constructed during the Civil War and symbolizes the unity of the country.

Visitors to the Capitol can also view the famous Statuary Hall, which is located in the original House of Representatives chamber. The hall is filled with statues of prominent figures from each state, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr.

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