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US Capitol

US Capitol, Washington DC © Matt H. Wade
US Capitol, Washington DC © Matt H. Wade

Sitting atop Capitol Hill with its giant white dome visible from all over the city, the Capitol Building is probably the most prominent landmark in Washington DC. The heart of the US government, it contains the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Statues of important historical figures fill its halls while paintings and frescoes decorate the rotunda, depicting 400 years of American history. The enormous circular space capped by the 180-foot (55m) high dome is the hub of the Capitol, with a symbolic fresco masterpiece at its centre.

Address: East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE

Website: www.visitthecapitol.gov

Telephone: (202) 226 8000

Transport: Union Station Metro, Federal Center NW or Capitol South stations are all within walking distance

Opening times: The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8.30am-4.30pm.

Admission: Free.