Now doesn’t that make a heart light up? Interior dome of The Library of Congress main reading room.
Compare with the vaulted ceilings of Europe’s iconic cathedrals – there is, after all, a certain spiritual quality to all reading. This is perhaps what drove Carl Sagan, whose archives are now housed in this very building, to proclaim: "A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."
(Public domain photograph by Carol M. Highsmith courtesy of The Library of Congress)