Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The US Capitol (Poseidon, Clio nice to see you here)

Before visiting the library of Congress on Saturday, we took the Capitol tour. When we visit places like this, I always think of my American History professor at the university of Thessaloniki. (If only all teachers were like him...) (Thank you!)

Unless otherwise stated, I'm quoting (in italics) from the brochure which you can also find here. (I'm getting all formal.)

The Capitol is where Congress meets to write the laws of this nation, and where presidents are inaugurated and deliver their State of the Union messages.

The statue you can see atop the Capitol Dome is the Statue of Freedom (not as famous as the Statue of Liberty, right?).

The original plaster model can be seen at the visitor center.

The Old Supreme Court Chamber

The Crypt

The Rotunda
On the canopy suspended 180 feet above the Rotunda floor, the Italian-American artist Constantino Brumidi painted The Apotheosis of Washington

If you pay close attention, you can see that George Washington is surrounded by Greek and Roman gods. Can you spot Poseidon among the rest? Encountering Greek mythology, history and architecture in so many places in DC is a great feeling.

There are many paintings in the Rotunda. The one that caught my attention, though, was John Chapman's Baptism of Pocahontas.

This painting depicts the ceremony in which Pocahontas, daughter of the influential Algonkian chief Powhatan, was baptized and given the name Rebecca in an Anglican church. It took place in 1613 or 1614 in the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement on the North American continent. Pocahontas is thought to be the earliest native convert to Christianity in the English colonies; this ceremony and her subsequent marriage to John Rolfe helped to establish peaceful relations between the colonists and the Tidewater tribes. (source)

The Old Hall of the House now serves as National Statuary Hall.

On one side you can see Clio, the muse of history.

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol Building is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. The entire collection now consists of 100 statues contributed by 50 states. All 50 states have contributed two statues each. (source)

I think the best way to end this post is with the question a little boy (about 5 years old) asked our guide:
"How many pieces is the Capitol made of?" (Apparently, he's into Legos. :) Cute!)


  1. Χαχαχαχαχα ποια ήταν η απάντηση στον μικρούλη, για να λυθεί και η δική μου απορία, από πόσα λέγκο είναι φτιαγμένο; :))) Φοβερός!!! Οι εικόνες σου υπέροχες και πάλι Εύη!!! Φιλάκια πολλά!

    1. Χαχαχα, δεν ηξερε η ξεναγος να του απαντησει και ρωτησε εναν αλλο ξεναγο, ο οποιος ηξερε μονο ποσους τονους ζυγιζε ο τρουλος. Τους γειωσε ο μικρουλης!
      Σ'ευχαριστω Ειρηνη! :)

  2. Η απορία του μικρού άπαιχτη! :)
    Σ'ευχαριστούμε για την ενδιαφέρουσα ξενάγηση!!
    Πολλά φιλιά!

    1. Μμμ, ηταν κ πολυ μινιατουρα αγορακι, πολυ γλυκουλι! :) Ευχαριστω που περασες Κατερινα!

  3. Υπέροχη η ξενάγηση που μας έκανες καλή μου Evi!Ένιωσα σαν Ομπάμα!χαχααα!!!
    Τελικά η Ελλαδίτσα μας θ' αποτελεί πηγή έμπνευσης!Ο μικρός τελικά είχε δίκιο, αφού αυτή η χώρα μοιάζει σαν ένα μεγάλο παζλ..!:-)
    Να 'στε πάντα καλά και να περνάτε όμορφα!!!

    1. Χαχαχαχα! Πρεπει να παμε και στο Λευκο Οικο αλλα εχει πολλη μεγαλη διαδικασια για να κλεισεις ξεναγηση!

      Η Ελλαδα ειναι πηγη εμπνευσης για ολους τους αλλους εκτος απο τον Νεο-Ελληνα.

      Ειναι ενα μεγαλο παζλ και το χαιρεται, γι'αυτο και μ'αρεσει! :)

      Να περνατε κι εσεις καλα και σ'ευχαριστω για την επισκεψη!

  4. Your lovely photographs and accompanying prose have awakened my long dormant interest in history.
    I’ve just been doing some reading on the Muses, Clio is the mother of Hyakinthos, a young man who was accidentally killed by Apollo who then turned his blood into a flower—the hyacinth. Right?

    p.s: Thanks for tweeting my recent post. That’s a nice touch.

    1. :) If I tell you that I had to look it up myself? Greek mythology is confusing (the precursor of all soap operas?!). I've never been very enthusiastic about history up until I took that American history course. A teacher can make all the difference, but still I can't read historical books etc., I'd rather absorb the knowledge through museums etc.

      The title of your post was very intriguing, perfect for twitter. And then the post itself was a joy to read, as always. I want to watch One Fine Day again.

  5. Φοβερός ο μικρός Εύη μου!Πολύ όμορφη η βόλτα πού μάς πήγες!Εντυπωσιακές οι φωτογραφίες σου!Καλό βράδυ!Φιλάκια!

    1. Ευχαριστω Dimi!! Καλο απογευμα! :)

  6. Θέλω ταξίδι, βλέπω και τις φωτογραφίες σου και ξεσηκώνομαι!!! ;-) Πολλά φιλιά κορίτσι!

    1. Χαχαχα, τσεκαρε Λουφτχανσα, εχει φτηνα εισιτηρια για Ουασινγκτον! Σε περιμενω για καφε! :)

  7. Kids say the darnedest things, they are so innocent!! Beautiful images today, I love d.c.!!