Washington DC - Capitol Bldg & Library of Congress
Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
23Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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We thought we would just be going to the Visitor Center of the Capitol building, because you usually need to reserve tickets for these tours well in advance. However, when we got there we only had to wait about 15 minutes to get tickets - so that was really great. The tour takes you into the Rotunda Room (below the dome of the Capitol building). This room has numerous statues and also some very famous historic paintings. The second main room you visit is the Statuary Hall which used to be the old Senate Room until it outgrew it. Visits to the House of Representatives and the Congress are on a separate tour, but we were very pleased with what we saw anyway.
There is an underground tunnel between the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the National Library and holds a myriad of documents and books - in fact it states that it has 745 miles / 1199 km of shelves! (119 million separate items.) The Library is also a real work of art with beautiful mosaics, sculptures and paintings. The Main Reading Room is a huge circular room - one part of the Library that we were not actually allowed to enter because it is used by researchers. However, we were able to observe the Reading Room from a distance through glass - it was a huge and very impressive room!
We headed back to the hotel at the end of 3 long days, but feeling like we had a very good overview of Washington DC and the many significant national memorials and sites.