To rule is easy, to govern difficult. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“C” is for Capitol, as in the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
It is located at 100 Constitution Ave. NW and is the meeting place of the Congress, which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Capitol has 540 rooms and 658 windows.
The Dome is 8,909,200 pounds of cast-iron with 108 windows, and was constructed between 1855 and 1866. The statue at the top of dome is the Statue of Freedom.
Some Facts You Might Not Know About the Capitol
- The Capitol was built after Thomas Jefferson held a design competition to elicit entries from the finest American architects
- The capitol has its own subway system
- George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol on September 18, 1793
- There were plans for the first president to be buried under the Capitol in an area called the Crypt
- There used to be a law that restricted any other building in D.C. from being built taller than the Capitol
- The statue that sits on the dome is called the Statue of Freedom
- The Capitol almost burned to the ground during the War of 1812
- The Dome wasn’t added to the building until the 1850s