Capitol Reflecting Pool

Washington, DC

At the base of Capitol Hill, this pool echoes the larger, rectangular Reflecting Pool by the Lincoln Memorial at the other end of the Mall. The Capitol Pool actually caps the I-395 freeway, which dips under the Mall here.

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The ornate monument showing the general on horseback dominates the eastern side of the Capitol Reflecting Pool.

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