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Washington DC is the capital of the United States which is often also called Uncle Sam's country. The name of this city is taken from the name of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Washington himself became president for two terms from 1789 to 1797.
As the capital of the country, this is where many buildings, museums, and monuments that with all its majesty display the grandeur and beauty and big dreams laid by the fathers of this nation and state of the United States. One of them is the more famous parliamentary building with the official name of the United States Capitol Buliding which is located in the easternmost part of the National Mall which stretches far to the Lincoln Memorial at the western end.
What is exciting is the building where the members of Congress consisting of senators and representatives of this office is not a place or office that haunted and can only be entered by members of the legislature in this country Om Obama.All the American people, and even visitors and tourists who visit Washington may stop by and see the inside contents of the building that from the outside looks very majestic, beautiful with neoclassical style and dominated this white color.
From the Metro Capitol South station, we just walked a few hundred meters up the little Capitol Hill. The view of this magnificent building that I can only see from afar or in the picture is now plastered in front of me. There is no high iron fence to enter this building, this magnificent building is open to anyone.
Before entering the visitor center, visitors must pass the security process similar to the airport. After descending the escalator, exchange the email confirmation with the ticket, then queue neatly to a theater building located at Emancipation Hall.
In this building, a 13-minute documentary was filmed in a documentary titled E Pluribus Unum, the motto of the United States in Latin which, when translated into words out of Many, Onedan has a similar meaning to Bhineka Tunggal Ika.
The meaning of the motto first introduced in 1776 and introduced to the United States emblem shows the identity of this country that comes from several British colonies which then unite and form their own state. Then can also be interpreted as representatives of tens or hundreds of ethnicities in America, both native and immigrant and living as citizens.
In this film the audience is banned by the struggle of the United States in upholding and establishing the world's first representative democracy. More than two hundred years ago at the end of the 18th century. In addition, we also get to know the history of the construction of a magnificent parliament building. beautiful, and beautiful that oversees the US Senate and House of Representative.
After watching the movie, visitors are divided into various groups. Each group consists of about 15 people and is fun to share as well as free headsets where the guide can talk and visitors can listen clearly through the headset.
The first room to be visited in Capital is The Crypt which is right at the bottom of the Rotunda or the huge dome that is as distinctive as the Capitol Building. Here, there are 13 pieces of marble and bronze which represent the first 13 states that make up the United States in 1776.
According to the story, the construction of the Capitol Building began in 1793 and the laying of the first stone was done by Washington itself. But when George Washington died in 1799, a mausoleum was planned to be built in this place and while his body was buried in his hometown of Mount Vernon, Virginia. But history says otherwise, the late building construction and also the war of 1812 made the Capitol settlement clear. In 1814, British troops captured the city of Washingtondan burning down the Capitol building. The building itself was finally completed in about 1827 and the plan to move Washington's body was never done.In addition, around the Rotunda wall there are also eight great paintings that describe the important moments in American history. Not to mention the eight famous figures of statues including previous presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and of course Ronald Reagan.
The final destination of the trip on the Capitol is a large room called the National Statuary Hall which contains statues representing every state in the US. In addition to the two statues representing each state, there is also a famous Rosa Park statue as an African American woman famous as a civil rights fighter opposed to the color separation in Alabama.
Visiting for about 45 minutes into the heart of this American parliament building, makes us understand more about the long history of this great, controversial country but still recognize that they are indeed from a variety of elements that become one. E pluribus Unum. Bhineka Tunggal Ika.
While leaving this magnificent building and crossing the road to the even more beautiful and magnificent building of the Library of Congress, I also wish to one day be able to enter and visit the existing MPR geudng in Senayan.
Washington, June 2014