The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Jefferson Building
The Library of Congress Jefferson Building

A year ago, I went to Washington DC for the Easter long week-end. As a book lover, I had no choice but to visit the Library of Congress, and I thought I would share some pictures with you. The Jefferson Building was stunning, with its white marble columns and floor, and its colorful frescoes on the ceiling. The Main Reading Room was also impressive, its domed ceiling soaring 160 feet above the ground. It reminded me of a key scene in The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown where Robert Langdon escapes his pursuers in this very room. You might also have seen the reading room in the movie National Treasure 2 with Nicholas Cage.

The Library of Congress has a collection of more than 150 million items, including books, sound recordings, photographs, maps and so much more. It was created in 1800 by President John Adams, but the library burnt down in August 1814. President Thomas Jefferson offered his personal collection of 6,487 books as a replacement in 1815. You can read some other interesting facts about the Library of Congress on the Novel Destinations blog.

In the future, I will share more pictures of libraries and bookstores I visit during my travels. Have you ever been to Washington DC and seen the Library of Congress?

The Great Hall
The Great Hall
Bronze Statue in the Great Hall
Bronze Statue in the Great Hall
The Main Reading Room
The Main Reading Room
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Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).

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