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Capitol Reflection

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William Thornton was the original architect of the Capitol and in 1793 was selected as the winner of a design contest. The central rotunda was his idea. His plan, unfortunately, did not pan out due to a lack of funding and the British attack during the War of 1812.

Charles Bulfinch eventually completed the rotunda in 1824.

The Rotunda is 96 feet in diameter and rises 180 feet 3 inches to the canopy.

The pantheon inspired the Capitol's design.


Written by Paulo Loreto

November 4, 2011 at 5:27 AM


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A view of the Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. With the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in foreground, it provides a magnificent reproduction of the monument and a cloud-laden sky.

The monument has been closed indefinitely due to structural damage from an earthquake on August 23, 2011.

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 24, 2011 at 11:15 AM

America the Beautiful

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 11, 2011 at 4:35 PM