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Visiting Washington Monument in Washington DC
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Washington D.C is a beautiful and culturally important city of the United States. An array of historical monuments, museums, sprawling gardens, parks, entertainment spots, theaters, are all lined up in the colorful streets of the city. Fascinating architecture, rich creativity, and designing are some of the most important features which make this town a popular tourist spot. Every year its grounds play host to millions of backpackers, travelers, families, historians, etc. every day is a celebration when in Washington D.C. it has so much to offer to its visitors that they can never get tired of getting surprises every now and then. One such stunning masterpiece of the city is Washington Monument. This proud obelisk resides in the heart of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Designed to offer sincere respect to the great George Washington towards his inevitable and remarkable military leadership during the American Revolution, the building will make you bow your head in respect for this great personality.

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A Fascinating Day Trip to Washington Monument

A Fascinating Day Trip to Washington Monument

The Cornerstone and Memorial Stones

The Cornerstone and Memorial Stones

Cornerstone, the most important part of the Washington Monument was laid following a grand ceremony. It finds its place in the northeast corner of the lowest course of the structure. Measuring eleven thousand kilograms in weight and 2.5 feet in height, this giant frame strengthens the iconic monument. The remarkable date of the Declaration of Independence, the date of addition of the cornerstone, and also the names of the managers of the Washington National Monument Society are inscribed on a copper plate that fills the large hole in the cornerstone. You can also embrace the items concerning George Washington, the city of Washington, government and commercial publications, a coin set, and the Holy Bible in the memorabilia which is preserved in the zinc case. Different states, cities, foreign countries, societies, organizations, and individuals have given their contribution to the Washington Monument in the form of 194 memorial stones which they have contributed with all their heart. These memorial stones decorate the east and west walls of the inside. Out of the extensive collection of 194 stones, marbles make up for 95 stones, granite constitutes 41. 30 belong to limestone, 9 to sandstone and the remaining 19 stones are other miscellaneous types. A stone which has inscriptions in Welsh finds its place at the height of 240-feet of the giant monument.

Other Components

Other Components

Washington Monument is a masterpiece in itself. Its various components add-on to its splendidness in the best possible manner. An aluminum apex adorns the beautiful monument with its richness and grandeur. During the first phase of construction, the walls of the building comprised of bluestone gnesis rubble of different shapes and sizes. When the second phase of its construction began, these walls were constructed of large marble and granite blocks which gave the structure its inherent greatness. A beautiful Pyramidion will attract your attention for all the good reasons. You can also admire fifty American flags representing one for each of the states. These flags now flow twenty-four hours a day and find their place around a large circle situated at the heart of the monument.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Perfectly fitting in the western end of the National Mall, is the best masterpiece of exceptional designing, the Lincoln Memorial. A beautiful dedication to Abraham Lincoln, the structure was commemorated in the year 1922, after 57 years of Lincoln's death. About fifty thousand people came to celebrate the grand opening of the monument with happiness and a sense of respect. Take a stroll along the pathways which lead to the memorial and watch it as it gradually becomes a larger-than-life structure. Embrace the elegant marble columns which are surrounded by immense greenery and stand tall as an inspiration of Greek temples. There are thirty-six columns, each representing a particular state in the U.S at the time of Lincoln's death. With a large height of 190-feet, the structure serves as a popular landmark for the city. As you move towards the staircase inside you can see a memorable quote of Abraham Lincoln being etched on the wall. Below the quote lines, you can admire a huge 175-ton statue of President Lincoln, a stunning artwork of Daniel Chester French. On the left of the statue is Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which is considered as the greatest speech in U.S history.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

Entry is free, so no ticket booking is required.

How To Get Around?

Explore the attraction on foot. Getting access to the Washington Monument is easy with a wide range of options for traveling in the city including bus, taxis, cabs, bikes, etc.

What Should I Wear?

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Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the place is between 9 am to 5 pm. It remains closed on July 4 and Christmas.

Currency

Currency is U.S Dollars.

Will I Need a Guide?

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How To Get There?

You can reach Washington D.C by boarding a flight from Dulles International Airport or opt for a rail ride from the nearby cities.

Additional Info

Carry a water bottle with you but don't throw it on the ground when empty.

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