Since the beginning of the U.S. government there has been a Library of Congress. Starting in Philadelphia, then New York, it came to DC in 1800. The current main building was constructed in the 1890s.
When you enter the building you are greeted by a two story Great Hall.
As with many grand buildings constructed during this period the ceiling is impressive as well.
There are numerous sculptures throughout.
The upper level is lined with stately columns.
While from the upper level you get a clear view of the zodiac symbols in the main level’s floor.
Additional stylish ceilings and artwork.
The map room.
The mosaic in the lower levels floor.
The building is easily one of the most impressive in DC.
The Reading Room viewed from above.
We were so impressed with this room that we went through a process to apply for, and receive, a library card – only to find out that on the reading room floor itself photography is strictly prohibited!
So we went down the hallways and continued on our way.