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The US Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for two centuries, and is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings. It is not only the focal point of the Legislative Branch of government, but is also a museum of American art and history, and is visited by an estimated 3-5 million people per year.

The 19th-century neoclassical architecture of the Capitol was derived from ancient Greece and Rome, and as the building was expanded from its original design (by Dr. William Thornton in 1792), harmony with the existing portions was maintained. At 751 feet long and 350 feet wide, its floor area is approximately 16-1/2 acres. The building contains approximately 540 rooms, 658 windows (108 in the dome alone) and approximately 850 doorways.

Location: East End of The Mall, Washington DC 20515 Telephone 202-225-6827

Other History nearby:
(Washington) African-American Civil War Memorial
(Waldorf) Afro-American Heritage Museum
(Arlington) Arlington National Cemetery
(Washington) Arts and Industries Building
(Baltimore) B & O Railroad Museum
(Ellicott City) B & O Railroad Station Museum

04/16 Coming to The Washington area
Dewey Beach PopFest Dewey Beach DE April12-13 Features three nights of showcase performances and two days of demo and mentoring sessions, tradeshow, and industry events.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC March20-April14 The nation’s greatest springtime celebration unites for four spectacular weekends including the Cherry Blossom Parade.
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival Salisbury MD April19-21 Follow your nose to the Pork in the Park BBQ Festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this Eastern Shore staple will be served up April 19-21st at Salisbury's WinterPlace Park.
Galena Dogwood Festival Galena MD May4 The annual Galena Dogwood Festival is will take place throughout Galena. The parade will have a War of 1812 theme.
Dover Days Festival Dover DE May3-5 As one of the longest running festivals in the state of Delaware, Dover Days dates back to 1933. What started as a garden tour staged by the Dover Garden Club, has now become an annual time to remember First State heritage with community spirit and an entertaining festival of family events.
Dover Days Festival Dover DE May3-5 You can claim Dover, Delaware, the capital city of the First State, as your state capital during the 80th anniversary celebration of the Dover Days Festival!.