A tour to The U.S Capitol is worth either it's from inside or outside , you can not visit Washington D.C and not to see the U.S Capitol Building where the lawmakers discussing New laws and bills .The Tour inside the capitol is free and there are many ways to get the tickets , however if there is no time visiting the capitol from outside still essential and important during any tour in washington D.C .. In my blog here i am going to cover some of the highlights of The capitol , That might be also good tips for any visitor to the capitol .
The US Capitol Location: 1st street, S.W on the Capitol Hill.
Tours: Tours are conducted Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00 – 4:30 pm.
Tours can also be done on all Federal holidays excerpt Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
Tickets: Free tickets are given for tours at the Capitol Guide service kiosk. The maximum tour number is 40. Services are also provided to people with disabilities. There are also certified sign language interpreters.
Telephone: 202 225 6827 ( voice) Switchboard: 202 224 3121 ( voice) 202 224 3091 ( TTY) Congressional Special Service( voice) 202 224 4048 or 202 224 4049
Federal Relay Service ( 800 877 8339) ( Voice/TTY) Tips for Visitors:
a) Visit your representative office in the Capitol buildings.
b) Attend a committee hearing
c) Visit the galleries d) Log on to www. House.gov/house/subpage_content/prohibited_ items.pdf to see the lists of prohibited items before you visit the US capitol.
The Capitol Building is the building where lawmakers in the House of Representative and the Senate meet to discuss and debate economic, political and social issues affecting the nation.
Since the beginning of the construction of the building in 1793, there have been numerous innovations to the building making it today the symbol of American political pride. Several people were in line for the designing and construction of the Capitol Building, but in the end George Washington awarded the contract to Dr. William Thornton who was trained in Scotland as a physician. Thornton worked in collaboration with some architects. He only succeeded in completing the East Wing on November 17, 1800. By 1813, the north and the south wings were completed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe
The war of 1812 brought about the destruction. The Building was set on fire during the war of 1812. It was not until 1825 that Latrobe returned to Washington to ensure its renovation. But he later abandoned the project and it was later given to another architect from Boston named Charles Bulfinch. He worked on the dome and decorations of the interior and exterior of the building.
On the Capitol there is a freedom statue. The freedom statute has a lady holding a symbol of peace and power, meaning freedom rises forever and under the freedom there are thirteen columns. Under the columns is the dome which symbolizes the unity of the country. The thirteen columns represent the thirteen colonies. The north side of the dome is where the senators assemble.