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United States Capitol

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The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District's street-numbering system and the District's four quadrants. The original building was completed in 1800 and was subsequently expanded, particularly with the addition of the massive dome, and expanded chambers for the bicameral legislature, the House of Representatives in the south wing and the Senate in the north wing. Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in a distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. Both its east and west elevations are formally referred to as fronts, though only the east front was intended for the reception of visitors and dignitaries.

Phone

+1 202-226-8000

Website

http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

Opening hours

  • Monday 08:30 - 16:30
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
  • Friday 08:30 - 16:30
  • Saturday 08:30 - 16:30