Capitol Dome Tour Pictures

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The United States Capitol Dome may be the most famous man-made landmark in America.

While the U.S. Capitol serves as the workplace for some of the most unpopular people in America, there is no denying those same people get to work in one of the most beautiful buildings on earth. Tours are available to the public and are highly recommended, but don’t don’t count on getting a Capitol Dome Tour without some planning ahead.

About.com has some pretty good instructions how to get setup for a Dome Tour:

The first step is to contact the member’s office and make the request for a specific date. If a member is giving a tour on the date you requested, your name may be added to the tour depending on how full the tour is. Often times, your representative will not have a tour scheduled. But this is what most people do not know: If your member is not giving a tour on the date you requested, ask the congressional aide if they can call the Office of the Architect of the Capitol to find out if there is a scheduled tour led by another congressional member that you can join. Your congressman or woman’s office must make this request; you cannot. If you are successful at scoring a tour, be prepared to walk up a lot of stairs.

Below are some of the pictures I snapped a couple years ago.

The level before the actual Dome starts
Looking up before entering the stairs into the Dome.
Those little octagons open up as you will see later
Looking out the window at the Supreme Court
Inside the Dome… made of cast iron with an inner and outer structure

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A quick peek out one of the octagons mentioned earlier
At the top looking down… because of the curve of the dome, it seems like there is nothing under you
Some of the beautiful art on the ceiling
The detail in the cast iron is amazing
Yes, you get go outside when you get to the very top… nothing above except the Statue of Freedom
The Library of Congress from the top of the Dome
Statue of Freedom which sits on top of the Dome… I didn’t take this one, but I thought it needed to be included.

It’s a great tour and if you get the chance, don’t miss out!

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