The inside feels expansive, and it’s surprisingly filled with some really cool artwork. The best part of visiting is experiencing the “whisper hall”, also known as the Statuary Hall. As the legend goes, John Quincy Adams could eavesdrop on any conversation happening in the room, thanks to the acoustics of the room and its dome. Even though the ability has been muted by the carpet, the story is a great reminder of all of the legendary figures and fascinating history tied to the building.
“where government happens!”
Welcome to the U.S. Capitol. The main entrance is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street. The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government. Whether you are here to get information about an upcoming visit, to involve yourself in the workings of the Senate and House of Representatives, or to be inspired by two centuries of art and architecture, this site will be a gateway to your Capitol experience. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Center is the largest project in the Capitol's more than two-century history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874.
I went here when I was 8 and got a personal tour. I thought walking through the tunnel to the library of Congress was pretty awesome. I was surprised but glad that the two statues from Kentucky were Ephraim Mcdowell and Henry Clay.
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