Where politics happen PART 1: The U.S. Capitol

Where politics happen PART 1: The U.S. Capitol

"The U.S. Capitol"The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed debt-limit bill. If that bill is going to help American economy is debatable. However, with the latest news from the American Capitol and Obama encouraging everyone to support the debt-limit bill, I have decided that it is a good time to write about two most famous man-made landmarks in the United States as well as two most recognised buildings in the world, the White House and the U.S. Capitol. I will start with the latter, following with the post on the White House Open Garden Day. Both of those Washington D.C. landmarks have witnessed a number of important American history evens as well as the American and international policy making.

The Dome

The cast-iron dome of the United States Capitol was constructed between 1855 and 1866. Even though it seems like the dome is an inseparable part of the Capitol, it was joined to the rest of the building relatively late in the Capitol’s architectural evolution. Only the marble west front terraces and the east front extension are more recent additions to the Capitol than its dome.

"The U.S. Capitol"

The Rotunda

The Rotunda is a large, domed, circular room located in the centre of the Capitol. It has been used for ceremonial functions, such as the unveiling of statues, inaugurations, and the lying in state of distinguished citizens. Its lower walls hold historic paintings, and a frescoed band, so called frieze.

"The U.S. Capitol - the Rotunda"

"George Washington stature at the Rotunda"

The Apotheosis of Washington

The Apotheosis of Washington is a fresco in the canopy over the Rotunda of the Unites States Capitol was painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1865. In the centre, George Washington is shown rising to the heavens in glory, flanked by 13 maidens and female figures representing Liberty, Authority and Victory, and Fame.

"Apotheosis of George Washington in the Rotunda"

"The Apotheosis of Washington"

The Frieze of American History

The frieze in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol contains a painted panorama depicting significant events in American history. The frieze was made by the same artist that painted the Apotheosis of Washington, Constantino Brumidi as well as Filippo Costaggini and Allyn Cox.

"The Rotunda"

The Old Supreme Court Chamber

The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the nation’s highest judiciary body. It had housed the Supreme Court as well as Congress until 1935. In addition, this space later served as a committee room, a law library, a meeting room, and a storage room. Today, it has been restored to its mid-19th-century appearance.

"Old Supreme Court Chamber"

The National Statuary Hall

The National Statuary Hall, also known as the Old Hall of the House, is the large, two-story room south of the Rotunda. It is the meeting place of the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly 50 years, and now the main exhibition space doe the National Statuary Hall collection. This room is one of the most historic chambers in the U.S. Capitol.

"National Statuary Hall"

The Small Senate Rotunda

The Small Senate Rotunda is one of the most architecturally significant spaces in the U.S. Capitol.

"The Small Senate Rotunda"

"U.S. Capitol - chandelier"

For more information on visiting the U.S. Capitol go to http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/visit/

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