US Capitol Dome unveiled after $85m facelift

The newly restored United States Capitol dome offers breathtaking views of the National Mall and Washington Monument.

The dome was revealed last week after three years of restoration work that cost US$60 million (S$85 million).

In the foreground is the ongoing construction work for the reviewing stand to be used for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump in January.

The US Capitol Dome, a national landmark that is seen as a symbol of American democracy, was built more than 150 years ago during Abraham Lincoln's presidency.

The National Mall is the focal point of sightseeing visits to the US capital. The tree-lined open space between Constitution and Independence avenues extends from the Washington Monument to the US Capitol Building. Several major landmarks, memorials and museums are located in the park.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2016, with the headline 'US Capitol Dome unveiled after $85m facelift'. Subscribe