Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington (Picture: Getty)
It’s clearly a monumental moment in world politics, but many people on this side of the pond have found themselves Googling ‘What is the Capitol building?’
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What is the Capitol Building?
The US Capitol, also known as the Capitol Building, is the meeting place of the United States Congress, which it has housed since 1800.
The Capitol is where Congress meets to write US laws. It’s also where presidents are inaugurated, and where they deliver their annual State of the Union messages.
Supporters stormed the building in unprecedented scnes (Picture: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Located on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, the iconic building is decorated with historic images and paintings of iconic figures in the nation’s history.
The House of Representatives sit in the south wing and the Senate in the north wing.
According to its official website: ‘The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation’s legislature.
‘The Capitol also houses an important collection of American art, and it is an architectural achievement in its own right. It is a working office building as well as a tourist attraction visited by millions every year.’
The building is open to the public, although the scenes currently taking place are unprecedented, as crowds have never stormed it in such a manner before.
Usually, things are calmer, with the public visiting it via organised tours which take place most days except Sundays and public holidays.
A protester yells inside the Senate Chamber (PIcture: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
How far apart are the White House and the Capitol Building?
The White House and Capitol Building are two miles apart.
The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C, while the Capitol can be found on First St SE, Washington, DC 20004.
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