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Owner description: At the east end of The Mall, the Hill is home to the U.S. Capitol.
Godalming, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

Worth a visit due to its political and historical importance. Lots of statues, but not very well displayed. We had an organised tour which was worth having as the guide explained various pictures and statues and added some colour commentary. Free entry and tour.

Visited December 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Today, after spending about 4 hours visiting the Library of Congress (November 30, 2013), I learned that there is a underground passage that connects it to the Congress Building or the Capitol. After checking in my personal stuffs at the Guard Station, I walked through this passage for about 3-5 minutes. (Note that water is not allowed at this point so I had to consume my small bottle of water before proceeding with my visit of the Capitol).

Free Tours of the Capitol: They can be scheduled online, via one's representatives or senators or by just walking-in. I did the latter and did not have any problems joining the Free Tour.

Tickets are printed at the Capitol Visitor Center. The top part of the ticket is removable and we were told to stick it to our clothes for identification.

13-minute movie: We went to the "Orientation Theater" where we watched the short film called, " Out of Many, One". It shows the roles and purpose of Congress and as I watched this film, I wondered whether our representatives and senators have watched this film and understood their roles.

Free Tour: After watching the short film, we got out of the theater and met our Tour Guide. We were provided headphones so we could clearly hear her explanations of areas visited. Note that this particular tour is only in English.

Areas Visited:

1. Old Supreme Court: We briefly visited this area as we started our tour. There is nothing significant in this section.

2. Lower level or Crypt: This area was where George Washington was supposed to be buried. His family rejected it (he was buried in his estate in Mt. Vernon, Virginia) but the name of the area was never changed to reflect this.

A beautifully painted dome with glass chandelier made in Baltimore Maryland and the center of the Crypt are the highlights of this section of the Capitol. We were told that good luck happens to those who step on the center of the Crypt ( see my related picture).

3. Rotunda: Our guide explained the paintings on the ceilings, the various big paintings and STATUES of this area. We learned that the artist painted the ceilings directly, similar to what was done in Sistine Chapel in Rome.

4. National Statuary Hall: There are more STATUES on this display at this area. They are statues of inventors, political leaders, educators, astronaut, warriors, missionaries, and activists who had made contributions to their communities and USA.

At the end of the tour, I asked our Guide why the tour does not include the visit of the chambers where the Representatives and Senators hold their hearings and meetings. She informed me that requests have to be made to visit these areas, especially when they are in sessions.

More STATUES at the Emancipation Hall or Visitor Center - The Freedom Statue and STATUES of Helen Keller, King Kamehameha I, Sakakawea, Mother Joseph, Po'pay, and other notable people are on display at this section of the Capitol.

Our Next Steps: Write our congressman to schedule a visit of the meeting rooms of our senators and representatives. See and watch them in action. Explore other areas of the Capitol not covered in this recent tour.

Visited November 2013
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Medford, Oregon
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

I was surprised by the beauty and grandure of the US Capitol... maybe it is just one of those images you see so often that you have expectations of it, the real place far exceeded those expectations! The grounds and building are magnificent! The interior is equally impressive and the tour taught us so much. I had no idea what to expect inside the capitol and loved all of the statues, art work, furnishings and history. Our tour guide was knowledgable and entertaining, she allowed plenty of time for pictures and questions... we never felt rushed.

This is a site I look forward to returning to, there is plenty to see and re-see.

Before your trip, check with your state representative/senator to see if you can get a pass to view Congress while they are in session to get a more complete experience.

The cafeteria here serves pretty decent food and has a good variety. Do not try to bring in your own food, it will not be allowed.

Visited November 2013
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Nixa, Missouri
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“Unable to go inside”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

We visited here as part of a tour group and were dropped off in front of the Capitol, but they weren't doing tours, so all we could really do was take a few photos from outside. They do have some nice statues near the reflecting pool though.

Visited November 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“Great experience”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

After many visits we finally booked a tour of the Capitol and were so glad we had done so. The tour guides were excellent and we saw parts of the Capitol we never would have been able to see otherwise. The art and the history is interesting and it was quite comprehensive. This is a MUCH better tour than the White House tour since you see a great deal more. There are also guides whereas the White House tour is self-guided.

Visited June 2013
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