Thursday, September 13, 2012

US Capitol @ Washington DC

The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the federal government of the United States. In order to gain access to the building, you will need to pre-book your visit via the website below. When you register, you will attend a tour which will bring you to view inside US Capitol. Tours of the Capitol begin with a 13-minute orientation film and last approximately one hour. As usual, the security checks are tight and there is restriction on what you can bring.

Iconic US Capitol dome (The Rotunda). It have become international symbols of US representative democracy. At the top of the dome is Statue of Freedom. The Rotunda is the heart and centre of the Capitol. Although it serves no legislative function, it is a ceremonial space where state funerals have been held since the time of Abraham Lincoln, for Presidents, members of Congress, military heroes and eminent citizens. Visiting heads of state and special guests are often received in the Rotunda as well.

US Capitol facing sunset.

Inside US Capitol dome.

Zoom to the top of the dome.

The figures shown the historical event in America.

Under the dome.

The old house of representative.

Can only show you the entrance ticket to the House of Representative. No recording devices are allowed. You need to get this special ticket from a counter above the US Capitol tour counter after your US Capitol tour. The House is referred to as the lower house, with the Senate being the upper house, although the United States Constitution does not use that terminology. Both houses' approval is necessary for the passage of legislation.

The Capitol restaurant.

Having my lunch here. I order penne with carbonara sauce with broccoli and chicken. This dish cost USD8.00.

The restaurant is like a huge canteen. The food selection is moderate.

You will need to register here to get your free pass.

Me with US Capitol building.

Coordinate/GPS: 38.88983,-77.009164
Metro station: Capitol South Station on blue or orange line.
Address: Washington, DC 20510, United States.
Hours: The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day.


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