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Supreme Court, Washington DC

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Government Building Tourist Spot
Take a self-guided tour of the Supreme Court to learn what the highest federal court in the United States is all about. Completed in 1935, the neoclassical temple-style building shines in marble from Vermont, Georgia, Alabama, and Spain. As you enter, you will encounter the statue of Justice--a mythological female figure recognized as a legal symbol in the United States. As you tour, take note of other Beaux Arts-style sculptures, fountains, flagpoles, and benches. Court sessions are normally open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Join an organized lecture to learn about the judicial functions, history, and architecture of the court. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Supreme Court by using our Washington DC vacation route planner.
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  • Beautiful, clean, fresh sight. It looked amazing and we got some great photos from a double-decker bus. It could be easily muddled with the White House from a distance.  more »
  • It does not take long to visit (as long as Court is not in session). interesting experience to see for yourself. no need to make reservations. free access.  more »
  • Tours are every 30 minutes. We did not go this time. Without a tour, can see the building very quickly. Don't miss the suspended stairs which are in either side but tucked away. Court was not in sessi...  more »

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