Statuary

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Statue of Freedom, United States Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DCEmancipation Hall, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

The 19.5-foot-tall bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford crowns the dome of the United States Capitol. The original plaster model for the statue is on display in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where it is the focal point of Emancipation Hall.

(Fun fact – capitol with an “o” stands for the building; capital with an “a” stands for the city. How to remember? I learned to think of a bell tolling in a building. Clever, right?)

Things to do in the Center:

  • Visit Exhibition Hall, the only exhibit in the country dedicated to telling the story of Congress and the construction of the U.S. Capitol.
  • See the Capitol Dome Model — an 11-foot-tall touchable model correct in every architectural detail, 1/20 the size of the original.
  • Watch the proceedings on the floors of Congress at the House and Senate theaters when Congress is in session.
  • Tour the Capitol.
  • And, of course, open your wallet to grab a snack or meal in the 530-seat cafeteria or to purchase that must-have souvenir from either of the two gift shops.

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Capitol Reader

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Woman sitting on the edge of the pool, reading, with US Capitol in the background.

Walking by the U.S. Capitol, I spied this woman enjoying the beautiful weather in Washington, DC. Absorbed in her reading, the woman never noticed me while I carefully framed and pressed my shutter. If only all street shots were this easy.

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