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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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Scaffold on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building.
A multi-phased project designed to address deferred maintenance, extend the...

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Christopher Columbus

Enrico Causici and Antonio Capellano
Artist

Sandstone
1824
Capitol Rotunda,
above "Surrender of General Burgoyne" painting

Above each of the four Rotunda doors in the U.S. Capitol are scenes from the history of the American Colonies carved in relief into the sandstone walls. The three sculptors who decorated the Rotunda were employed during the rebuilding of the Capitol after the fire of 1814.

Between the historic scenes, decorative panels of wreaths and portraits, also in relief, circle the Rotunda walls.

Last Updated: April 29, 2016