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Library of Congress

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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...

Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day.

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Beautiful architecture

The interior is stunning, especially the Great Hall. We got to see the Guttenberg and Mainz bibles. The amount of technology required to keep a 500 year old book from degrading is... read more

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White Hall, Arkansas
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The interior is stunning, especially the Great Hall. We got to see the Guttenberg and Mainz bibles. The amount of technology required to keep a 500 year old book from degrading is pretty amazing. We snuck a peek in the Main Reading Room, and got to see the contents of Thomas Jefferson's library, which I thought was incredible. There was... More 

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Wonderful building,, very helpful staff. The staircase is a wonder to behold and seeing the Gutenburg Bible is an absolute must. We approached by tunnel from the Capitol which meant there were no queues.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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Beautiful building with spectacular architectural features. Houses a great collection of writings. Wished visits included closer inspection of the books

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This 1897 building is from when Government respected and honored learning. The Jefferson library is charming, the space amazing, beautiful decor and worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Heavely decorated in Renaissence style, huge stairs and high ceilings, it takes some time to actually reach the books, some of which survived from the original Jefferson collection. Interesting temporary expositions tok, on the great war and on the drawing justice sketches done in court by talented artists.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit and the building is so beautiful. I really enjoyed the exhibits that were here.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The building inside and outside is stunning! Just for that, I would recommend to go. However I expected to be closer to the books themselves but this specific area does not allow tourists...

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Library of congress sits back to the capital hill with a vast collection of books collected by late President Jefferson. An architectural marvel with beautiful pillars and arches with colorful paintings would mesmerize any body. Go and spend good time !!

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Came on a recommendation from a cousin. This was a fascinating place with lots of historical significance and it has been restored beautifully. The art work and symbolism are wonderful. You can get access to so much through the library of congress. It is now my go to library. Don't miss this place on your tour of the monuments and... More 

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This was our first spot to explore on our visit to D.C. This exhibits incredibly beautiful architecture, endless historical artifacts and very friendly staff. We spent a few hours wandering around and enjoying everything we could see.

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