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The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.

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    • BBUC
      BBUC Over a year ago
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      It helps when you have an inside
      It helped that my partners sister at time we visited had a connection and was able to secure us a tour and a ride on the special rail that connects capitol to Russell Senate. The rotunda was so impressive in the Capitol and to step into the Senate floor. She was able to secure an aide to give us the private tour. Have to say we felt privileged. Wish she still was there.

    • YourPalPete
      YourPalPete Over a year ago
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      Most Recognizable Building in D. C.
      The west face of the U. S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable sights in Washington, and perhaps around the world. Construction on a smaller version of the building was completed in the early 1800s, but British troops set fire to it during the War of 1812. Reconstruction was completed in 1819, but the building continued to expand for another 50 years. Senate and House galleries are open to the public when Congress is in session, and this is a very interesting thing to do. Gallery tickets can be requested from your Senators or your Representative. To me, the most beautiful features of the Capitol Building are the rotunda and statuary hall. Entrance tickets are free and available on a first-come, first served basis. Be aware that there is a security screening similar to airport security, and large bags and backpacks are prohibited. This is one of the most interesting sites in Washington, and I highly recommend it.

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