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US Capitol Building

The center of American politics

About Washington DC and the Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building, with its distinctive neoclassical architecture and iconic dome, stands as a symbol of American democracy and government. Located at the eastern end of the National Mall, the Capitol serves as the seat of the United States Congress, where the legislative branch of the federal government conducts its business.

The history of the Capitol is deeply intertwined with the history of the United States. The original structure was completed in 1800, making it one of the oldest and most historically significant buildings in the country. Over the years, it has undergone numerous expansions and renovations, growing to become the grand edifice we see today.

Visiting the US Capitol is an opportunity to connect with the heart of American democracy. The Capitol Visitor Center offers guided tours that provide insight into the history, architecture, and functioning of the building. The Capitol is a living testament to the enduring strength and resilience of American democracy, and it is a place where the past, present, and future of the nation converge.

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