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RysloVerik t1_jbtlnxm wrote

Why is the seal on the floor roped off?


etcpt t1_jbtni58 wrote

To keep people from accidentally damaging it by walking across it. It's made of bronze, which is fairly soft, so it wouldn't stand up to foot traffic. There's a bust of George Washington on one side of the rotunda that is rumored to grant good luck to those who rub his nose, and as a result his nose is much shinier than the rest of him because the patina wears off from everyone touching it.


RysloVerik t1_jbtoa3j wrote

Similar to an Abe Lincoln in the Illinois capitol and another at his grave.


etcpt t1_jbtpptp wrote

I've got to wonder how that tradition started - seems like there must have been a common thread.