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A rare opportunity surfaced the other day to go on a tour of the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Building, so ? as you might imagine ? I leapt on it in a heartbeat.

Not only did it offer a unique vantage on Washington, D.C., (especially the Capitol across First Street, along with the Capitol Visitor Center), but it put me so close the TJB?s iconic golden torch that I almost felt I could reach out and touch it. (The flag was at half-staff in memory of that late Sen. Craig Thomas.)

Enjoy the view, as seen through my digital camera, after the jump. Caption information can be found in mouse-over.


The Capitol and the Washington Monument The Cannon House Office Building


The Capitol and the Washington Monument A detail from the Thomas Jefferson Building Dome


The dome of the Thomas Jefferson Building The torch on the Thomas Jefferson Building

The Supreme Court of the United States

Comments (6)

  1. Thank you for the beautiful pictures! I thought to tell you that the first library I visited as a child-that I truly remember was the Library of Congress. My mother commented she knew I was destined to be a librarian because of the sparkle in my eyes and the fasination I felt-then and since for all libraries, especially The Library of Congress. How lucky you are to be there and work there around such beauty!

  2. Visiting the Library of Congress is one of my most distinct childhood memories. Before we got there my dad told me it held every book in the world. When we arrived I told him I wanted to go find Clifford the Big Red Dog. In an effort to not have to look for it, he said “Someone already checked it out Son”.

  3. The Jefferson Reading room is the thing I remember most. Beyond beautiful and exciting.

  4. The LIbrary of Congress does seem like such a remarkable place. The pictures you took are amazing! Thank you for sharing them; it makes me feel as if I have been there myself. It makes me want to just pack up my bags and go on a trek right there. I have always been in love with books, and I have a feeling that the Library of Congress will have tons that would be able to satisfy my craving for reading. A tour of the dome to get a view from the top would be really great, too.

  5. Great shots! I’ll be sharing these with my dad. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I agree with your thought.Thank you for your sharing.

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