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10 Nov
Posted Sun, 11/10/2013 - 20:18
Capitol Tour

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The US Capitol is a must see for anyone visiting DC. 

US Capital

The public tour runs like a well oiled machine, possibly the only thing within these walls that runs so well.

US Capital

The Crypt room is located directly below the Capitol Rotunda. Forty Doric syle columns support the floor of the Capitol Rotunda above.

US Capital

Us Capital

US Capital

The outer round wall is lined with sculptures. Some statues are part of The National Statuary Hall Collection which are a collection of statues donated from each state.

The bust is of Lincoln. See a close up of Lincoln's bust here.

US Capital

This is the New Hampshire state statue of John Stark.

US Capital - National Statuary Colllection

The architectural details of the Capitol Rotunda are incredible. I wish I could spend some time alone in the room with my camera and tripod, but that's not an option. These photos are my hand held, best attempt to capture what I saw.

US Capital Dome

US Capital Dome

US Capital Dome

Every visitor tried to capture the same thing.

US Capital Dome

The Capitol Rotunda is lined with large oil paintings and more sculptures. This painting is the Surrender of General Burgoyne. The statue is of Alexander Hamilton.

US Capital Dome

The National Statuary Hall houses most of the State statues. Our red coat guide made sure to point out, and tell us something about every state represented by members of our tour group.

US Capital Statuary Hall

US Capital Statuary Hall

This was originaly where the House of Representatives met. The public gallery is still visable behind the columns.

The gold statue is Rosa Parks. She is the most recent addition, commissioned by congress and unveiled in February, 2013.

US Capital Statuary Hall

Our California state statue is of Father Junipero Serra.

US Capital Statuary Hall

This smaller replica of the Statue of Freedom, which stands on top of the dome, is on display in the visitor center.

US Capital Statue of Freedom replica

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