MAGA Trump supporters stormed Congress and a woman was shot in shocking scenes at Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington.
Capitol Hill is the seat of the United States CongressCredit: Alamy
What is Capitol Hill?
Capitol Hill is home to the legislative branch of the US federal government and the seat of the United States Congress.
It also refers to the location of the Capitol building and is often used to refer to both the historic district and to the larger neighborhood around it.
The Capitol Hill complex houses the US House of Representatives and US Senate office building, the Library of Congress, and the US Capitol building.
The famous white domed building houses the meeting chambers of the Senate as well as the House of Representatives.
The famous domed building on Capitol Hill is home to the legislative branch of the US federal government Credit: AFP or licensors
Together, the two bodies compose the legislative branch of the American government.
The building is used for presidential inaugurations, among other ceremonies of national importance.
The US Capitol is also a museum of American art and history, and is visited by millions of people from around the world every year.
The Capitol building is where the US Congress is basedCredit: Splash News
Where is Capitol Hill?
Capitol Hill is in Washington D.C.
As well as being used as a term for the legislative branch of the US government, Capitol Hill is also the largest historic residential area in Washington D.C.
Capitol Hill is located to the east of the White House, the Washington monument and the Smithsonian museum.
Capitol Hill is in Washington D.CCredit: AFP or licensors
Why is Capitol Hill famous?
As the home of the United States Capitol building and the location of Congress, Capitol Hill is of vast importance to American democracy.
The famous domed building has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries.
The Capitol building was started in 1793, but has been through many construction phases.
Today, it stands as a monument to the American people – and a symbol of their government.
Capitol Hill stands as a symbol of American democracy Credit: Alamy Live News
Who works at Capitol Hill?
Members of Congress work at Capitol Hill with the Chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives both residing inside the cavernous building.
Senators and representatives are chosen through direct elections – although Senate vacancies can be filled by a governor’s appointment.
Congress has 535 voting members: 100 senators and 435 representatives.
The House of Representatives also has six non-voting members, bringing the total membership of the Congress to 541.
Senators and representatives meet and work in Capitol Hill Credit: AFP
What is the difference between Capitol Hill and the White House?
Capitol Hill is where the legislative branch of the US government is based – encompassing both senators and representatives, as well as the Supreme Court.
The White House is where the president lives and works.
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How far is Capitol Hill from the White House?
Capitol Hill is two miles away from the White House.
In between the two buildings are the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Washington Monument.
The FBI Headquarters are also in the middle of Capitol Hill and the White House.
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