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Apotheosis of Washington

George Washington With Purple Blanket in Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the US Capitol

George Washington With Purple Blanket in Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the US Capitol

Apotheosis of Washington in the Dome of the Rotunda of the US Capitol

Apotheosis of Washington in the Dome of the Rotunda of the US Capitol

The Apotheosis of Washington is the massive fresco that forms the dome of the rotunda in the United States Capitol Building. It was painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1863, and the huge painting is 4,664 square feet. This painting depicts the elevation of George Washington to a position of preeminence and honor.

This painting plays an important role in The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. In the painting Washington is shown with a purple cloth or blanket on his lap. To his left is the goddess Victory wearing green and blowing a horn. To his right is the goddess Liberty dressed in blue and holding a ceremonial ax.

Freedom in Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the US Capitol

Freedom in Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the US Capitol

In one scene of the painting Freedom is shown as a woman wearing a red cape, a golden helmet, silver armor. She is wielding a sword in her right hand and carrying a shield reminiscent of the flag of the United States. To her lower left is a bald eagle carrying arrows in its talons. In the painting Freedom is located just below George Washington.

Opposite Freedom is Commerce in the form of Mercury. Mercury, wearing a winged helmet and winged sandals, holds out a bag of gold for Robert Morris who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Morris helped to finance the Revolutionary War.

Commerce in Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the US Capitol

Commerce in Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the US Capitol

The Apotheosis of Washington is located in the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building and is accessible through the United States Capitol Visitor Center located at the intersection of E Capitol Street SE and East Capitol Circle. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Visitor Center Entrance to see the Apotheosis of Washington.

Closest Metro Station: The Capitol South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the entrance to the US Capitol Visitor Center, but the Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is also close. If you’re already on the Red Line you may prefer to walk the extra distance from Union Station in order to avoid having to change to the Blue or Orange Lines in order to get to Capitol South.

Adams Building – Library of Congress

Adams Building of the Library of Congress

Adams Building of the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress consists of three buildings, and the John Adams Building is one of those buildings. The Adams building is located on 2nd Street SE between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street.

The other buildings of the Library of Congress are the Thomas Jefferson Building, often referred to as the Library of Congress, and the Madison Building. Click Jefferson Building to see the StationStart.com entry about that building.

The Adams Building is notable for at least three important reasons. First it can hold 10 million books on its 180 miles of shelves. Second the entrance on Second Street SE, the west entrance, has three massive brass doors by sculptor Lee Lawrie. Third the building plays an important role in Dan Browns’ novel Lost Symbol. Fourth the building was opened to the public in 1939. (Number four is actually not all that important, so this list really contains only three important reasons as indicated.) 

Brass Figures Odin, Cadmus and Ogma from the Brass Doors of the West Entrance of the Adams Building

Brass Figures Odin, Cadmus and Ogma from the Brass Doors of the West Entrance of the Adams Building

The huge brass doors of the west entrance were somewhat tarnished the day these photographs were taken. Although to be fair that tarnish did not detract from the impressive nature of those door. Shown in the photograph are three figures sculpted on the door. The first image is of Odin, a Norse god and ruler of Asgard. The second image is of Cadmus, a Phoenician prince in Greek and Roman mythology. The third image is of Ogma, a character from Irish and Scottish mythology.

Adams Building South Entrance Polished Brass Doorway

Adams Building South Entrance Polished Brass Doorway

Although the Second Street SE door were somewhat tarnished, the single set of doors on the south end of the building had been recently polished. The figures on these door are a man holding a large vase and a woman holding a scroll.

Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Library of Congress John Adams Building.

Closest Metro Station: The Capitol South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Adams Building.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The Adams Building of the Library of Congress is mentioned in Chapters 62, 64, 68, 72, 73 and 75.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court at 1 First Street NE

Supreme Court at 1 First Street NE

Contemplation of Justice
Contemplation of Justice

In 1935 the Supreme Court moved into this building designed by Cass Gilbert and constructed between 1932 and 1935. Before 1935 the Supreme Court had no building of its own and met in a variety of places. In the very early years of the republic it met in New York and in Philadelphia. In 1800 it moved with the rest of the federal government to Washington and spent most of its time holding sessions in the United States Capitol.

The Supreme Court has exhibits, a theater showing a film on the Supreme Court and lectures. It is also possible to sit in on arguments being made before the Supreme Court. Click Visiting the Supreme Court for more information.

This statute on the left of the entrance to the Supreme Court is Contemplation of Justice by James Earle Fraser. The contemplative woman holds a blind figure of justice in her right hand.

Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol 1810 - 1860

Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol 1810 - 1860

Most of the time from 1801 to 1935 the Supreme Court met in the United States Capitol. The Court met in the room shown in the image starting in 1810 until 1860. Although this room was not used continuously during that period. When the Capitol was burned during the War of 1812, the Court met in other locations, returning to this freshly restored chamber in 1819.

The Supreme Court is located at 1 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20543. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Supreme Court.

Closest Metro Station: At about one-third of a mile, the Capitol South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Supreme Court. The Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is about half a mile from the Supreme Court.

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