POTD 2018/086. United States Capitol Dome (Silhouette)
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
By J.W. Remington Photographics
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The United States Capitol dome is the dome situated above the United States Capitol which reaches upwards to 288 feet in height and 96 feet in diameter. The dome was designed by Thomas U. Walter, the fourth Architect of the Capitol, and constructed between 1855 and 1866 at a cost of $1,047,291 (equivalent to $13.9 million today).

 

The current cast iron dome of the United States Capitol is the second dome to sit above the building. Plans began in May 1854 to build a new cast-iron dome for the United States Capitol, sold on the aesthetics of a new dome, as well as the utility of a fire-proof one.[10] Influenced by the great domes of Europe, Walter paid particular attention to the Pantheon of Paris, St Paul's Cathedral in London and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

 

Some 8,909,200 pounds (4,041.1 t) of iron were ultimately used in the construction that ran virtually 11 years. Inside, the interior dome rises to 180 feet over the rotunda floor, and outside, the exterior dome ascends to 288 feet including the height of the Statue of Freedom.

 

The Statue of Freedom, also known as Armed Freedom or simply Freedom, is a bronze statue designed by Thomas Crawford (1814–1857) that, since 1863, has crowned the dome of the U.S. Capitol. Originally named Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace, a U.S. government publication now states that the statue "is officially known as the Statue of Freedom". The colossal bronze statue depicts a 19 1/2-foot tall female figure baring a military helmet and holding a sheathed sword in her right hand and a laurel wreath and shield in her left. The figure weighs approximately 15,000 pounds.

 

1/640 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 190mm

 

I hope you enjoy today's J.W. Remington Photographics' Photo of the Day for March 27, 2018!

 

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