The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. It is located atop Capitol Hill in Washington,_D.C.. The building is characterized by a central dome and two wings - one for each branch of Congress. The north wing is home of the Senate, the south wing is home of the House of Representatives.
Construction of the Capitol building began in 1793. The Senate wing was completed in 1800, while the House wing was completed in 1811. Shortly after completion, it was partially burned down by the British. Reconstruction began in 1815, and was completed by 1830. The building was expanded dramatically in the 1850s. In 1863 Armed Freedom, a colossal statue, was added to the top of the central dome.