United States Capitol, Washington
At the east end of the Mall, commandingly situated on the 100ft/30m high Capitol Hill, is the United States Capitol, seat of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The first building erected by William Thornton between 1793 and 1812, the present Senate Wing, was burned down by the British in 1814. Reconstruction was carried out in several stages: the central block was rebuilt by Latrobe and Bulfinch in 1829, following Thornton's plans; the side wings and the 270ft/82m high dome, modeled on the dome of St Peter's in Rome and crowned by an allegory of Freedom, were built between 1851 and 1865 to the design of Thomas Walter; and finally in 1958-62 the main façade, in front of which each President takes the oath, was enlarged.
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Official site: www.aoc.gov
Address: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC 20515, United States
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm; Closed: Sun
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Transit: Metro: Capitol South, Union Station. Bus: 32, 34, 35, 36, 90, 92, 96, D2, D4, D8, P6, X8.
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