Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
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State of the Union on January 24, 2012
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Liberty and the Eagle Sculpture


In the niche above the entablature on the south wall of National Statuary Hall stands the heroic-sized figure of Liberty.

Enrico Causici

Plaster, 13'7"
National Statuary Hall
U.S. Capitol

Placed there between 1817-1819 when the U.S. Capitol was rebuilt after the fire of 1814, she originally looked down on the House of Representatives which met in the hall during that time.


An American eagle stands to Liberty's right, and the scroll in her right hand is the Constitution of the United States. To her left, a serpent, the symbol of wisdom, is entwined around a section of a column.

Last Updated: April 29, 2016