Tourists are beginning to view the most important monument of the state from the movie about a brief history of America, which sealed the milestones of U.S. history. Coming out of the cinema in a noisy crowd of tourists, ear somehow snatched the phrase – “Propaganda!” Apparently, so you can relate to this. But what is wrong with that? After all, every state in some way trying to promote their uniqueness. This concept can be treated differently. If the country does not appear on the ideology of state, it becomes as the territory easy to stay for the amorphous mass of the population. If the government takes care of the creation of the state, it is required to educate the citizens of love and pride for their country, a sense of patriotism. As U.S. citizens such qualities are brought up, and it deserves respect.
After the cinema, walking route runs through the Capitol halls and meeting rooms, where everyday policy and important decisions are created. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting of the U.S. Congress has the ability and can observe the behavior of Congress during the course of meetings and making important decisions. Not everything is so smooth and clear in making these decisions. Many of the actions of the U.S. government caused condemnation both at home and abroad, but in the end, for all the dislike and sometimes hatred of the government, the country is a magnet for many of the world’s inhabitants. Immigrants from around the world tend to get in the USA. And it is for good reason.
As a country built by immigrants in the relatively short term, the state managed to create an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for every person in the country, regardless of color, religion or belief. And most importantly, free and equal opportunities to succeed were created. This does not mean that, having the right to live in the country, everyone immediately gets all the benefits. These benefits are earned through hard work, but people actions to achieve their goals (if they are not criminal in nature), firmly protected by the Constitution.
And now a little bit about the Capitol, as the object is not political, but cultural.
In Washington, it is the tallest building. So it was decided that nothing above it in this city should be built. Rule applies, and this is why Washington does not look like an American city – it looks more European.
Walking through the corridors and meeting rooms of Capitol leave no aesthetic impressions. Everything here is arranged by business and not much different from the parliamentary buildings of the other foreign countries.
Perhaps the most interesting place in the Capitol is Rotunda. Dome is crowned with the Statue of Liberty, seen from afar, and this picture is the face of Washington DC. This statue has incorporated the basic meaning of the idea of the American state.
Inside this magnificent building shows the main milestones of the country. All important events are represented by the numerous pieces of art.
The dome is painted with the huge fresco “The Apotheoses of Washington. The main element of the whole picture is the scene of the ascension of George Washington surrounded by female figures epitomizes freedom and achievement. They surrounded by images of the scene, embodying the main achievements in the wars, science, engineering, navigation, industry and agriculture.
The vertical circle at the base of the Dome creates a ring depicting important historical events. From below it looks like a bas-relief carved in the stone, but in fact it is also brilliantly executed frescoes.
There are numerous huge canvases with scenes of American history on the walls.
All this is inscribed in sculptural ensemble of Rotunda, which represent the important characters of the State, made the greatest contribution to its emergence and establishment.
After going through the Rotunda, you get to the hall of sculpture, which presents one hundred most respected and significant characters in U.S. history (two from each state).
Here is the Capitol how it looks in the eyes of an ordinary tourist.
Alexander, these are marvelous photos and capture the Capitol experience very well! Yes, as you said in your comment to me, the cherry blossom season is very short-lived, but the iconic buildings and memorials are treasures year round! Perhaps on your next visit, though, you’ll catch those glorious, albeit fleeting, Sakura blossoms!
April 9, 2015 at 8:12 am
Thank you, Stacy. I definitely will make another try. But this year I am enjoying to see Sakura blossoms amazing pictures on Robin Kent blog.
April 9, 2015 at 8:18 am
I know Robin’s blog well! I just love his work, and it turns out we don’t live far from each other at all. I’ve been to his studio and it’s a treasure trove of delights! 😀
April 9, 2015 at 8:36 am
Lucky you! I do not know Robin Kent personally but I really enjoy all his artistic projects and respect a lot.
April 9, 2015 at 9:00 am
Awesome! Can’t believe the guards allowed you close enough to get such great shots! What I thought was most interesting, when I lobbied Capitol Hill, was the interconnected tunnels under all the building and streets. What chaos that was!
December 6, 2012 at 10:54 am
What a fabulous journey you have already taken. I love your photos. Saving the best for last.
September 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm