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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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Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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The hanging of the Capitol Christmas Tree lights is the job of the Architect of the Capitol Capitol Grounds Division.
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the...

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Conflict of Daniel Boone and the Indians, 1773

Enrico Causici
Artist

Sandstone
1826-1827
Capitol Rotunda,
above south door

Above each of the four Rotunda doors in the U.S. Capitol are scenes from the history of the American Colonies carved in relief into the sandstone walls. The three sculptors who decorated the Rotunda were employed during the rebuilding of the Capitol after the fire of 1814.

Between the historic scenes, decorative panels of wreaths and portraits, also in relief, circle the Rotunda walls.

Last Updated: April 29, 2016