United States Capitol

From the elevated site that Pierre L’Enfant (see Layout and Design) described as “a pedestal waiting for a monument,” the dignified Capitol has stood unwavering as the symbol of American democracy throughout its 200-year history. From the legislative session called by President Jefferson in 1803 to approve the Louisiana Purchase through to the House of Representatives’ vote in 1998 to impeach President Clinton, these halls have witnessed an often rough-and-tumble democratic process. The Capitol’s frescoes and art collection qualify it as a notable museum, but its millions of tourists come, above all, to brush shoulders with history, both remembered and in the making.

National Mall

  • between 1st and 3rd sts and Independence ...

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