The Rotunda

The symbolic and physical heart of the United States Capitol is the Rotunda, an imposing circular room 96 feet in diameter and 180 feet in height. It is the principal circulation space in the Capitol, connecting the House and Senate sides, and is visited by thousands of people each day.  Architect of the Capitol

The Rotunda is the one room in the Capitol that gives you goose bumps. We’ve all seen it on television, but walking inside, it’s much larger than you think. Even with the widest angle lens, you can’t get it all in one shot. The paintings and  statues each have stories of their own and you never have enough time on the tour to take it all in.

It’s a grand place to see. But alas, as large as it is, it’s still 15 feet shorter than the Texas State Capitol. (I just had to throw that in).
 

The Rotunda is the one room in the Capitol that gives you goose bumps. We've all seen it on television, but walking inside, it's much larger than you think. Even with the widest angle lens, you can't get it all in one shot. The paintings and  statues each have stories of their own and you never have enough time on the tour to take it all in. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

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