After teaching our class today on the Hill. We spent a couple of hours going through the Capitol.Two of our interns are doing internships with Senator Lee. One of the their responsibilities is to take people that come to the Capitol for a tour. We asked them to give us a tour and they did a supper job of taking us all around the Capitol. It was a two and a half hour tour. I will post some of my pictures.
The Library of Congress is across the street from the Capitol.
This is the statue of freedom. A bronze one of this lady is on top of the dome outside.
When a President goes out to address the people after being elected these stairs are covered with a red carpet.He comes down these stairs passes this American flag and walks out on the terrace.
These are our cute interns that took us on the tour. They are Barlow students.
This is the greatest view in the city I think.
Senate bronze doors.
The floors are very interesting. When the old Capitol was finished in 1826 it had stone pavers. When the new extensions where put in in 1851 they used these great encaustic tiles.
A picture of the Hall of Columns. Between these columnes are marble portraits of sculptures of notable citizens from different States.
This is the exact middle of the building. Right under the dome. They have this star on each of the floors.
The star is in the middle of these 40 sandstone columns. This is called the Crypt. The star denotes the point from which the streets in Washington are laid out and numbered. There are 13 statues for the original colonies.
This is what the dome is suppose to look like. The picture below is what is looks like while construction is going on. In this room is a statue ofl the presidents.
Art work on the ceiling celebrating the Golden spike.
Old senate chambers.
|This is a tribute to those on 9-11 that attached the terrorist that were going to fly their plane into the Capitol and destroy this beautiful building.|
|The sign over this door says Speaker of the House John A Boehner. This is his office.|