Inside the restored Capitol dome

The rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol, a soaring symbol of national unity since the 19th century, is completed. [19 photos total]

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The supermoon rises over the United States Capitol dome in Washington. The rebuilt cast-iron dome, a soaring symbol of national unity since the 19th century, was formally completed after a $60 million overhaul that included repairing more than 1,300 cracks and weak spots. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron) #
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Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. The project was the first complete rehabilitation of the 288-foot-tall Civil War-era dome since 1960. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. When work began in January 2014, the dome was suffering from water leaks, cracks and corrosion so bad that rain gutters were clogged with rust chips. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Visitors are seen at the rotunda floor of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. Up to 13 layers of lead-based paint were removed and 666 feet of cracks were repaired. The structure is believed to be the biggest cast-iron dome in the world. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A general view of the city of Washington is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. The corroded exterior balustrade was taken apart and shipped to a Utah workshop for repair, and the scrap pieces were melted down to be reused in the new structure. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. Repainting required 1,215 gallons of paint, with the top of three coats in the color "Dome White." (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. The dome was completed during the 1861-65 Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln viewed its construction as a symbol of national endurance. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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People are seen walking near the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A general view of the National Mall is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Trump hotel is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A worker is seen at the construction site for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Construction workers are seen outside of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A general view of the National Mall is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A U.S. flag is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A general view of the National Mall is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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The Apotheosis of Washington fresco is seen at the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Visitors are seen at the rotunda floor of the rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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The rebuilt cast-iron dome. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

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