I used to love going into the Capitol rotunda to sit, contemplate the painting but especially the Apotheosis of Washington. Haven't been in that room since August 17, 2001. I tried to go with a tour group but wasn't allowed to go stand in the middle of the room and look up, so I gave up. There are other beautiful rooms in DC, like the big reading room in the Jefferson Building, but I just love the Capitol Dome, where the 4 quarters of this powerful, wounded city come together. I miss having access to that space.
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