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Storied LibrariesLIBRARY OF CONGRESS—Washington, DC

The Thomas Jefferson Building is the oldest of four edifices in the Library of Congress’s complex. Rising 125 feet over the Main Reading Room of the Great Hall, the coffered dome ceiling is an impressive sight to behold. Seen at the very center is artist/muralist Edwin Howland Blashfield’s depiction of the Evolution of Civilization, featuring twelve figures representing the nations that have greatly contributed to the edification and enlightenment of mankind.

Photography courtesy Library of Congress

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