The Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Sep 3, 2013Public
Photo: Union Station, Washington, DC.  I arrived on the Metro Red Line from Brookland / Catholic University of America station.
Photo: Dome and lantern of the Library of Congress from the north east on Second Street.
Photo: The US Capitol from the north lawn of the Library of Congress.
Photo: The US Capitol from the north lawn of the Library of Congress.
Photo: Entrance to the main reading room. Below the gilded lettering, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, are two figures reading and leaning on the arch over the doorway. Juventus on the left; Senex on the right: symbols of life-long learning.
Photo: Twin stairways flank the main entrance of the Library of Congress.  This is the stairway on the south side of the room.  The bronze bust in the niche is Washington.
Photo: The top of the stairway in the southeast corner of the main entrance.
Photo: Upper gallery and roof at the south east corner of the main entrance to the Library of Congress
Photo: Carved marble putti on the stairway in the north west corner of the main entrance to the Library of Congress. The first holds a rake and a hoe.
Photo: Thomas Jefferson, whose library formed the basis for the Library of Congress collection and its classification system, is honored with a marble bust on the north wall of the main entrance.
Photo: The top of the entrance to the main reading room.
Photo: Mural vignette of Wisdom by Robert Reid on the wall of the gallery above the main entrance.
Photo: Sadly, the decorator chose Dominicans or Cistercians rather than Benedictines to illustrate the production and use of books before printing.
Photo: Elihu Vedder's mosaic at the landing of the stairway into the visitors' gallery of the main reading room. Minerva was the daughter of Jupiter and Metis. She was considered to be the virgin goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, crafts, and the inventor of music. As Minerva Medica, she was the goddess of medicine and doctors
Photo: The main reading room of the Library of Congress.
Photo: The dome above the main reading room.
Photo: Desks and an alcove of reference books in the main reading room of the Library of Congress.
Photo: Statues and heraldic stained glass ornament the upper gallery that circles the main reading room. The 48 seals representing the states and territories that existed when the Library was under construction (1897) do not include the District of Columbia.
Photo: Detail of the stained glass heraldic representations of the states.
Photo: The gallery above the main entrance with, on the north side, the entrance to an exhibition about early maps of North America.  Photo: 3 September 2013.
Photo: The ceiling and stained glass panels in the roof over the main entrance to the Library of Congress.
Photo: The six panels of stained glass over the foyer of the main entrance.
Photo: The design of the floor recalls the design used in the stained glass ceiling above it. 
Check out the excellent photos on Flickr taken by staff of the LOC:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157630557681056/show/