About the Grounds
Originally a wooded wilderness, the U.S. Capitol Grounds now provide a park-like setting and a picturesque counterpoint to the Capitol building's formal architecture.
Which is taller, the Capitol or the Washington Monument?
The Washington Monument, standing 555 feet tall, is 267 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol. Because the base of the Washington Monument is 30 feet above sea level, and that of the Capitol is 88 feet above sea level, the top of the Washington Monument is 209 feet higher than the top of the Capitol Building.