Because this is our 4th of July weekend in the U.S.A. I thought it would be good to post my photos of the U.S. Capitol and the Statue of Freedom that crowns the Capitol Dome.
Statue of Freedom
The bronze Statue of Freedom crowns the dome of the U.S. Capitol. Her right hand rests upon the hilt of a sheathed sword; her left holds a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with thirteen stripes. Her helmet is encircled by stars and features a crest composed of an eagle’s head, feathers, and talons, a reference to the costume of Native Americans. A brooch inscribed “U.S.” secures her fringed robes.
U.S. Capitol Building
The Capitol building is one of the most symbolically important buildings in the United States. President Washington laid the cornerstone on 18 September 1793, and it has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries.
Nothing in the United States symbolizes democracy more than the U.S. Capitol Building. For nearly two centuries, it has been home to both chambers of Congress and has evolved and expanded as times changed and the nation grew. The building itself has more than 16 acres of space and 540 rooms. The Capitol Grounds cover about 274 acres with sloping lawns, splashing fountains and beautiful terraces.
The statue at Emancipation Hall is a plaster model of the Statue of Freedom. The actual Statue of Freedom sits high atop the U.S. Capitol Dome. The plaster cast gives visitors a good idea of what the real thing looks like.
This is a small view of the inner dome and canopy over the Capitol Rotunda. I’ll have another post of more photos from the inside of the Capitol on another day. E Pluribus Unum ~ Out of many one. E pluribus unum was suggested by the committee Congress appointed on July 4, 1776 to design “a seal for the United States of America.”
E Pluribus Unum still appears on U.S. coins even though it is no longer the official national motto! That honor was given to In God We Trust in 1956 by an Act of Congress.
Hope you enjoyed these views of our Nations Capitol and a great symbol of freedom. That’s what we celebrate every 4th of July.
We’ve been getting our patio all ready to go for our 4th of July celebration hoping that we get our long awaited summer for many days in a row! Hope your weekend is going well!
Photobucket replaced all my photos with blurred out versions and photobucket stamped versions. They are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.
11 thoughts on “The Capitol and Statue of Freedom ~”
What a wonderful post…I loved your creativity of taking the photos of the your Nations Capitol. We are so fortunate to have neighbors to the south in which we can enjoy democracy and freedom. Enjoy the weekend Ellen.
You have some amazing photos there, Ellen! Wishing you a wonderful weekend… neighbor, friend and sister ….
There are so many wonderful monuments in Washington. It makes it very worthwhile to take children there for a trip through their nation’s history. I didn’t know anything about the statue of Victory. It’s beautiful. I love that so many American symbols are women.
Very beautiful pictures ! I have travelled through the States from the Niagara fall til Los Angeles and from New York to the Yellowstone Park, (of course not in one shot but over several years) but I never managed to visit Washington ! I heard from somebody that you are not allowed to visit it ? apparently that’s not true.
What beautiful photos of DC! Growing up in Virginia I did get to go there many times and it is wonderful! Thanks for a wonderful post!
super tribute to our capitol. You took some wonderful perspectives of the building. Wish I could share our heat with you if you are lacking!
Beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing ’cause I know I’ll never get there!!
I’ve never been to our nation’s capital. It’s so nice to travel vicariously via your photo! Happy 4th of July weekend, and thanks for your comment on my blog and your prayers. Appreciate it!
Great photos! I was digging through some boxes today and I found a postcard of the White House when Kennedy was president. My mom and dad went to Washington that year and I stayed with my grandmother. I loved going to DC with my eighth graders a few years ago. It’s stunning and you captured so many aspects!
What a beautiful blue sky behind the capitol! Hope you enjoy your get together!
Lovely pictures. I always love visiting the Capitol – the exterior is just beautiful, and the riches within always inspire me to dig deeper to learn more about the history.