Capitol Hill Photos

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    Images of the Most Powerful Neighborhood in Washington DC

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    ••• Photo © MATTES Renà / hemis.fr

    Capitol Hill is the center of politics in Washington DC, but is also a neighborhood where a wide range of people live, work and play. The following photos show the key buildings where important government decisions are made as well as the surrounding area which includes beautiful row houses, restaurants, shopping, schools, parks, places or worship and more.

    For information about visiting the area, see Capitol Hill Neighborhood Guide

    The U.S. Capitol Building, the meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives, is one of the most recognizable historic buildings in Washington, DC. In addition to the Capitol Building, six Congressional office buildings make up the Capitol Complex.

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    Capitol Hill Row Houses

    Capitol Hill Row Houses
    ••• Capitol Hill Row Houses. © Philippe Marion

    Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic district in Washington, DC with many of its 19th and 20th century row houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Library of Congress

    Library of Congress
    ••• Library of Congress. © Getty Images

    The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, is the world’s largest library containing more than 128 million items including books, manuscripts, films, photographs, sheet music and maps.

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    Union Station

    ••• Capitol Hill. Photo © Miller Taylor

    Union Station is Washington’s train station and premier shopping mall located on Capitol Hill.

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    Supreme Court

    Supreme Court
    ••• Supreme Court. © Getty Images

    The Supreme Court is one of the prime landmarks on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Visitors can take a self-guided tour Monday through Friday. 

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    Pennsylvania Avenue SE

    ••• Shops Along Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Pennsylvania Avenue SE is the main shopping corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

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    U.S. Botanic Garden

    ••• U.S. Botanic Garden. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum located across from the U.S. Capitol Building.

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    National Postal Museum

    ••• National Postal Museum. © Smithsonian Institution

    The National Postal Museum is a part of the Smithsonian Institution and features engaging exhibits about sending, receiving and delivering mail. It is located across the street from Union Station in Washington DC.

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    Upper Senate Park

    ••• Upper Senate Park. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Upper Senate Park is located to the north of the U.S. Capitol Building at New Jersey and Constitution Avenues in Washington DC and is a popular spot for political rallies and for Congressional staffers to gather on a nice day.

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    Folger Shakespeare Library

    ••• Folger Shakespeare Library. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials and collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.

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    Eastern Market

    ••• Eastern Market. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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    Eastern Market

    ••• Eastern Market. © Miller Taylor

    Eastern Market was built in 1873 and today is one of the few public markets left in Washington, DC. The farmers market offers fresh produce and flowers, delicatessen, baked goods, meat, fish, poultry, cheese and dairy products. The Market Lunch is known for its crab cakes and blueberry pancakes. 

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    Christopher Columbus Statue

    ••• Christopher Columbus Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain and Statue is located at Union Station at Massachusetts Ave. & 1st St. in Washington DC. The memorial is a large fountain with carvings of a native American, an elderly European, the figure of "Discovery" on the prow of a ship, and a globe.

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    Supreme Court Statue

    ••• Supreme Court Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The statue "Authority of Law" (James Earle Fraser, sculptor) on the south side of the Supreme Court's entrance

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    Supreme Court Statue

    ••• Supreme Court Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The statue "Contemplation of Justice" (James Earle Fraser, sculptor) on the north side of the Supreme Court's entrance

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    E Capitol St. NE

    ••• E Capitol St. NE. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic district in Washington, DC with many of its 19th and 20th century row houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    BikeStation

    ••• BikeStation Washington DC. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Bikestation Washington, DC, located at Union Station, is a 1,600 sq. ft. secure bike storage facility that allows commuters to take public transportation to the station, pick up their bicycles and go to work, shopping or entertainment.

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    Robert Taft Memorial and Carillon

    ••• Robert Taft Memorial - Lower Senate Park. Photo © Miller Taylor

    The Robert A. Taft Memorial is located north of the Capitol, on Constitution Avenue between New Jersey Avenue and First Street, NW. It is a tribute to Senator Robert Taft who was elected to the Senate in 1938 and served until his death on July 31, 1953. The memorial consists of a 10-foot bronze statue of Senator Taft and a 100-foot marble tower with 27 bells. The large central bell strikes on the hour, while the smaller fixed bells chime on the quarter-hour.