Supreme Court, Washington DC

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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. Make Supreme Court a part of your Washington DC vacation plans using our Washington DC online trip builder .
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  • The building is beautiful and elegant, close to other important institutions and so convenient to visit. Free admission and free with the necessary checks, elegance inside and visit, only from outside, the courtroom where judges preside over the sessions. You don't need too much time for the visit which in my case was free and without any guidance.
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  • You can take the tour and go to the gift shop where they have gifts to take home to remember your visit. Very beautiful building chock full of history. Highly recommended.  more »
  • It’s almost impossible to attend a big case’s argument, but it’s a wonderful government building to visit. Located east of the Capital, it’s a close walk on Capital Hill. Great picture taking and wond...  more »

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