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Year in Review: 2013 in Pictures

Image of the Capitol Christmas Tree reflecting on the water in December 2013 at the U.S. Capitol

As 2013 draws to a close, take a look back on the past year at the U.S. Capitol through some of our most popular images taken this year — from September's "supermoon" to the titan arum bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can see more of our photos through our Instagram and Flickr accounts.

Statue of Freedom and the Supermoon
Supermoon and Statue of Freedom

The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called "supermoon" rose over the Capitol on June 22, 2013 lighting the Staute of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.


Fourth of July
Fireworks behind the Capitol on the Fourth of July in 2013

Fireworks over the Capitol on July 4, 2013.


Sunflowers in Bloom at U.S. Botanic Garden
Sunflowers in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden

View of the Capitol from the U.S. Botanic Garden during summer in 2013.


Titan Arum in Bloom
Titan Arum plant in bloom

The titan arum, also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, bloomed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in July 2013.


Rosa Parks Statue Placed in U.S. Capitol
Rosa Parks statue in National Statuary Hall

On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled in National Statuary Hall.


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