Lens-Artists Challenge #40 – Something Different

For L-A Challenge #40, Tina invites us to share something different.  

‘When its doors opened to the public in 1897, the Library of Congress represented an unparalleled national achievement, the “largest, costliest, and safest” library in the world.’  — The Great Hall, Library of Congress.

Last week, we were in Washington DC. On the last day in DC, we spent time touring the Library of Congress. As soon as we entered the Great Hall, we felt like we were walking into a museum of Italian Renaissance instead of a library.

Once thought to be silver leaf on the ceiling, is actually aluminum leaf. When the building was being constructed during the 1890s, aluminum was more precious than silver.

The statue is a symbol of  celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s discoverer of electricity.

The materials include marble (15 varieties), granite (400,000 cubic feet), bronze, gold, mahogany. The grandeur of the hall left visitors breathless. And, this is not something we would normally expect from a library, but this is the Library of Congress.

Below is the main Reading Room of the Library of Congress. I took this photo with my iPhone 8+ from a small window in the hallway. A very grand and different library reading room, indeed.

Tina asks us to show “something different, something unusual, something we wouldn’t normally expect from you.” Take a moment to visit Tina’s inspiring post of “Something Different“. 

We look forward to your entries and as always remember to tag your post “Lens-Artists” so that we can all find them. Patti will host L-A challenge #41 next week. 

58 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #40 – Something Different

  1. Have been to DC a thousand times and seen most all of the important monuments and buildings but have never been inside the Library. WOW, have I been missing something! Your photos are fab Amy, and the library looks fantastic. Next time for sure!!

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    • It was not something I expected. We visited there several years ago, we were not allowed to get in for whatever the reason, and hasn’t tried to get in until this time. 🙂
      So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you, Tina for this inspiring theme.


  2. (EN) The last picture of such spectacular room is absolutely my favorite.Unexpected view from a small window.Thanks for sharing, Amy😊
    (IT) L’ultima foto di tale spettacolare stanza è la mia preferita. Inaspettata vista da una finestrella. Grazie Amy per la condivisione 😊

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  3. WOW, Amy, just WOW!! I wouldn’t be looking at books no way! I’d be so mesmerized by all that art and glory in that building that I would be star struck. What an experience you had!! 🌟🌟🌟


  4. Hi, Amy. You’re right…my comment didn’t show up here, but no worries. I’m so glad you posted about this wonderful visit. I must go there when I’m in D.C.! If you want another great library, you should put the Boston Public Library on your list…if you haven’t been there already. 🙂

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  5. I had no idea the Library of Congress was this gorgeous and ornate, Amy. I’m in awe! Your photos captured it beautifully and thank you for sharing. As much as I love ordinary libraries, I can see that I must visit this special place.


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