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US Capitol and Visitor Centre

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Washington D.C., United States.

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Some people think that the Capitol building is the White House – probably because the Capitol is also white, and because when you come into Washington it feels like it has centre stage with its large domed roof sitting up there on slightly raised ground. Some of those said same people probably don't realise that this building is in many ways more important than the White House as it's where Congress meets and things get done – not that things don't get done at the White House, just not by quite as many people as do here.

Official both the east and west sides of this building are both the 'fronts', which makes it even more confusing for some visitors.

Since September 11, visitor access to the Capitol has changed. The visitor centre entrance is now apart from the main entrance and is actually largely under the ground below the east front of the building and 1st Street East.

One of its nicest features are the skylights though which you can see the Capitol itself, complete with the dome. Which you can admire while you're waiting for yout turn to take your tour around the building proper – which you can still do, despite all the security concerns.

It's not just the visitors centre that's underground, two additional lower levels were built at the same time to expand the area of the Capitol and supply all the people who work there with offices and conference facilities etc. There also another restricted level down there with new 450 seat Congressional Auditorium.

Written by  Andrew Armour.

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