This center section of the building was completed in 1827 under the direction of the third Architect of the Capitol, Charles Bulfinch.

The Crypt's 40 Doric columns of brown stone surmounted by groined sandstone arches support the floor of the Rotunda. The star in the center of the floor denotes the point from which the streets in Washington are laid out and numbered.

Located in the Crypt are 13 statues from the National Statuary Hall Collection, representing the 13 original colonies, and the Magna Carta replica and display.

Is anyone buried in the Capitol?

No. A tomb area was built for the remains of George Washington beneath the Crypt, but his will specified that he wished to be buried at his home at Mount Vernon, and his descendants honored this wish.

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Constantino Brumidi, War detail from the Apotheosis of Washington, 1865.

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Apotheosis of Washington

Painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in 1865 in the eye of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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