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Peace at the End of the Civil War
A Confederate soldier and a Union soldier shake hands, marking the reunion of...

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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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Sunset in the Capitol Rotunda.
The U.S. Capitol's rotunda is closed this month to prepare for restoration...

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    History with a Side of Mystery: the Rotunda Benches

    The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.

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    Crumbling Down and Building Up

    To address this stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others.

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    How the Crypt Got its Name

    This brightly lit circular room below the Rotunda is one of the most heavily used circulation spaces in the building, its sandstone floor trodden by hundreds every day.

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