El Capitolio is one of Havana's landmark sights. Its neoclassical facade distinctly recalls the US Capitol building in Washington, DC – on purpose. It took three years to complete its construction in 1929, but work on the intricate interiors continued for another decade. With its towering granite columns, a huge statue-flanked stairway leading to grand entrance, and a 91m-high (300ft) dome topped by a replica of a 16th century Florentine sculpture of the god Mercury, inside is a sight to behold. A major, restoration project – the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Havana Vieja - began in 2012, with the iconic dome currently under scaffolding. Works are due to be completed in late 2017; until then, it remains closed to visitors.
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