What a way to start a day. A beautiful view of the US Capitol. =)
So as we were lining up outside to get in, I thought it would take us about 15 or 20 minutes before we could get inside the building. Good thing we got there a little early… Hmm not really that early but just right on time for our scheduled tour which was at 1pm.
Once we got in, we headed to the information desk to get our tickets for the 1pm tour. First up, we lined up for a 15 minute film presentation about the history of the Capitol Building. I actually thought it would be boring but instead, it was pretty inspiring and I think it was also a way of enhancing their visitors experience during the entire duration of the tour and of course, to give us a little background of the Capitol itself. Right after that, it was the start of the tour and we were each given our own headsets so we could hear the guide talk as she tells us the history and little stories about each room that we went to.
The Crypt was actually built for Martha and George Washington but was never used since they were buried in Mount Vernon.
The National Statuary Room. Above is the “Liberty and the Eagle” statue which was looking over the room.
From the name itself, this room was full of statues. Each statue represents a certain state. This was also known as the Old Hall of the House of Representatives.
The Old Supreme Court Chamber. As we walked through the halls leading to this room, our guide stopped at a door where she told us that Abraham Lincoln actually walked through those doors. Well, I didn’t get to take a photo of it as the hallways were too narrow and there were 15 of us in the group. Hehe!
Saving the best part for last. This was actually the first room we visited but this was my most favorite part of the tour and probably the most beautiful part of the US Capitol as well.
So here is what’s inside the US Capitol Dome. It was so beautiful… I have never seen anything like it. Like ever. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the ceiling and the paintings surrounding it.
Apotheosis of Washington. A painting done by Constatino Brumidi. Can you spot George Wasington? =)
3D Paintings done to appear as carved stones surrounding the whole capitol rotunda. Seven and a half of the scenes were all done by Constantino Brumidi but was unable to finish it. Another painter named Filippo Costaggini finished the rest of the eight and a half remaining scenes.
Here is a closer look at the paintings. This is the “Landing of Columbus” scene.
I actually really enjoyed the whole tour as I have always been interested in learning about the history and stories of almost any country and also the powerful men and women who help uplift their country and make history as well.
As for me, I never thought I’d get the chance to see this in actual since I only get to see this on TV or in history channel. Haha! Thanks to boyfie for taking me out on a ‘tour day” although it was already your 3rd time to visit the US Capitol. hehe! Mwah!
So that’s it for now guys, hope you enjoyed my little inside story about my tour at the US Capitol.
Have a great week! =)