Capitol Crypt

If you haven’t had a chance to tour the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., here is a tiny bit of what you will learn.

In my opinion, every family should visit Washington, D.C. to really appreciate how our nation was built.

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The white stone compass star in the center marks where the city’s four quadrants meet. 

Yes, you read this correctly.  There is a place in the U.S. Capitol called the Crypt. 

For a long time the term has referenced the
space below the main floor of a church or a chamber in a mausoleum. We often think of a crypt as a place for
burial, right?

Why the capitol then?  It is something different. The Crypt contains 40 smooth Doric columns of sandstone, which support the arches holding up the floor of the Rotunda,  the large, domed, circular room located in the center of the Capitol on the second floor. 

The columns are modeled on the Temple of Poseidon, which were the shortest and the strongest columns that survive from classical Greece.

The sandstone floor hosts hundreds of people visiting every day from around the world.  The white stone compass star…

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