This white, powerful building is an important symbol for the American people. The Capitol represents the United States government, the nation’s laws and the founding values of the Union.
Traditionally, the United States Congress sits in the Capitol building while the President resides in the White House. In other words, Capitol Hill is home to the legislative branch of the American government.
Besides its political significance, the Capitol building is also a major artistic feat. It houses numerous great works of art and is admired for its own architectural beauty. Construction of the Capitol took over a decade and the first time Congress met in the building was November 1800.
Today the Capitol building has a visitor center that welcomes tourists and groups of students daily. If you’re a history buff then the Capitol is a must see. And even for those who aren’t history fanatics, the building provides interesting insight into the United States' politics and values.