One of my elementary school teachers taught me that when you’re talking about the actual building, capitol is spelled with an O, which is shaped like the domes that usually grace them. Thus, the correct spelling for Capitol Hill above, because this is a dome to end all domes.
The intricate and powerful dome on the United States capitol is just the beginning of the stunning architecture you will find throughout this amazing building, which is not just the current home for the US Senate and House of Representatives but is also full of US history.
Inside, on the ground floor, you will find the Old Supreme Court. The second and third branches of the US government were housed together in a cohabitation that lasted for more than one hundred “temporary” years. Rich historical discovery continues in the Old Senate Chamber. Both rooms were refurbished for the United States bicentennial. Their furnishings and decor were meticulously chosen to represent the orginal appearance of these prestigious rooms.
The second floor of the Capitol is the beautiful rotunda, or round room, resting just beneath the interior of the magnificent dome. The rotunda contains many presidential busts and other famous figures as well as a gold replica of the original Magna Carta. The walls of the rotunda and ceiling of the dome all contain intricate beautiful scenes depicting artistic interpretations of historic people and events.
The Chambers for both Senators and Representatives are on this floor in separate wings. The galleries to observe the proceedings are accessed from the third floor.
Capitol Hill really is a must-see for D.C. educational tours. This is where government happens. And this is sure to be one of the many places where it comes alive for each and every student who visits.