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Washington - Visit of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress

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Interior ceiling of the Library of Congress in Washington

Besides you visit to the Capitolduring your tourist trip to Washington, you have the possibility to visit another nearby historic building linked to United States Congress, that of the Library of Congress.

Its about Thomas Jefferson building, located behind the Capitol, which was the first of the three current headquarters of the aforementioned cultural institution.

The United States Library of Congress It originated in 1800, during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, and its initial collection of books was based on the building of the Capitol.


Lobby of the Library of Congress in Washington

But this collection was destroyed in 1815 by English troops, before what he himself Thomas Jefferson He decided to give his own private library of 6,500 books to Congress.

Since then there has been a gradual increase in the funds of the Library of Congress, but a fire in 1851 destroyed 35,000 books, two-thirds of its collection at that time,

It was in 1897 when finally said collection was moved to the new building, which was given the name of Thomas Jefferson. Then the funds already reached 840,000 books.

At present, the Library of Congress It is one of the largest in the world, with more than 30 million books, and is considered as the United States National Library.


Lobby of the Library of Congress in Washington

He Thomas Jefferson Building It was built in the style of Italian Renaissance, and it is worthwhile to enter it (free admission) to see its imposing Grand Hall of two floors that you find at the entrance, with impressive stairs.

On the second floor you can see the huge Reading room of circular form, in whose high walls the shelves are distributed.

Times Library of Congress

The visiting hours of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress They are from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, and it is closed on Sundays.

If you wish, you can sign up for one guided tour of the Library of Congress.

These visits are made from Monday to Saturday, at 10.30, 11.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 3.30 pm (this visit is not carried out on Saturdays).

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