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the capitol building that serves as the location for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. Although not in the geographic center of the District of Columbia, the Capitol is the focus by which the quadrants of the district are divided.

The building was originally designed by William Thornton. And was subsequently modified by Stephen Hallet, Benjamin Latrobe and then Charles Bulfinch. The current dome and the House and Senate wings were designed by Thomas U. Walter and August Schoenborn and were completed under the supervision of Edward Clark. The building is marked by its central dome above a rotunda and two wings, one for each chamber of Congress: the north wing is the Senate chamber and the south wing is the House of Representatives chamber. Above these chambers are galleries where people can watch the Senate and House of Representatives. It is an example of the Neoclassical architecture style.

Wander over to the Old Senate Chamber, where legislators met 100 years ago. Walk to Statuary Hall just outside the House of Representatives and see the country's most esteemed leaders. Be sure to touch the shoes of Will Rogers' statue for good luck; you'll join senators, congressmen and presidents who have done the same over the years. Gaze across the National Mall toward the Washington Monument. Finally, look up at the magnificent Capitol Dome and contemplate 200-plus years of history that have taken place within.

The legislative branches of the U.S. government?the Senate and the House of Representatives?meet in this beautiful building. Public tours form on the east side of the Capitol (facing 1st Street) and include visits to the Rotunda and other chambers. Visitors can also view the Senate and the House from the galleries when Congress is in session. Plan to have lunch at the Senate Refectory, a cafeteria where, by law, bean soup is always on the menu. Admission is free.

Address: East Capitol Street % 1st Street NW Wash DC 20001
Directions: Metro: Capitol South, Union Station; 1st St & East Capitol St, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 225-6827
Website: http://www.aoc.gov/

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  • Written Aug 14, 2007
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