The early morning sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Nov. 17, 2016. 

Later today, Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled to meet with Congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Refurbished Capitol Dome Unveiled in Washington

A three-year repair project fixed cracks, leaks and corrosion in the cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol.

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Image: This daguerreotype photograph by John Plumbe Jr., shows the east front exterior of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., circa 1846

A copper-covered wood dome sits on top of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, circa 1846.

The dome was installed during restoration of the Capitol after the British burned the building in 1814. The dome pictured was replaced by the current cast-iron dome. 

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U. S. Capitol With Unfinished Dome

The U. S. Capitol dome under construction in 1864.

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Image: The Capitol Dome is nearly obscured by scaffolding at dawn in Washington

The Capitol Dome is nearly obscured by scaffolding on Oct. 24, 2014.

The 29-story, 9-million pound dome, had become badly corroded since it was last restored during the Eisenhower administration. Some 52 miles of pipe were used to erect scaffolding that enveloped the dome for two years. Workers repaired 1,300 cracks and fixed or replaced scores of cast-iron ornaments and windows. 

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Image: Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol

Construction manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 15. The restoration of the dome was formally completed on Tuesday with weeks to spare before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. 

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Image: The rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol

The rebuilt dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the rotunda floor during a media tour on Nov. 15. 

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Image: Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol

Gallagher stands under the fresco, "The Apotheosis of Washington," as he leads members of the media on a tour of the dome.

Painted in 1865 by Constantino Brumidi, the fresco depicts George Washington rising to the heavens in glory

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Image: A general view of the National Mall is seen from the rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol

The National Mall and the Washington Monument are seen from the Capitol dome on Nov. 15. 

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Image: Interior supports between the newly-restored exterior Capitol Dome and the interior dome are seen at the US Capitol

Interior supports sit between the newly-restored exterior Capitol dome and the interior dome. 

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Image: Visitors are seen at the rotunda floor of the rebuilt cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol

Visitors gather on the rotunda floor under the dome on Nov. 15. 

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The early morning sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Nov. 17, 2016.

The sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 17. 

The restored dome has been coated by more than 1,200 gallons of paint.

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