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Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial Jefferson Memorial Photo by Canonone1777 via Wikimedia

One of the most notable places in Washington, DC is the Jefferson Memorial, dedicated to the third president of U.S., Thomas Jefferson. A great figure in the nation’s history, Jefferson was a man who believed in democracy, education to all, equal rights, freedom of religion and separation between state and church. Very few people are aware of this but in addition to being a politician; Jefferson was also a writer, an architect, scientist, inventor and musician. Thus, in order to honor a man of such magnitude, President Franklin Roosevelt felt that a memorial should be built. Hence, this lead to the construction of the memorial in 1938 and which was ultimately completed in 1943.

The Jefferson Memorial is a neo-classical dome, composed with marble steps, Ionic order columns and portico. If you stand on the higher steps of the memorial, you will be able to catch a wonderful view of the White House. As you make your way inside the memorial, you will notice the interior walls adorned with excerpts from Jefferson’s many writings including the Declaration of Independence and A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom. The most remarkable feature of the memorial however is a 19 ft bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson that is positioned at the center of the monument. It is equally interesting to know that to choose a sculptor to build this startling statue, there was a competition held by the Memorial Commission. Out of 101 competitors, Rudolph Evans was finally selected as the main sculptor and Adolph A.Weinman was selected to carve the pediment relief located above the entrance.

Jefferson MemorialThis national building is sited on the Tidal Basin near the Potomac River and is surrounded by cherry trees that make the place even more beautiful during spring. No wonder it is a popular photographed site in Washington, DC. Time and again many ceremonies and events are hosted here. This includes events like the Easter Sunrise Service, National Cherry Blossom Festival and memorial exercises.

Apart from these, during warmer months you can even rent a boat and enjoy the surrounding views. Or you can also choose to picnic near the shores of Potomac River. Overall, the place is a famous tourist destination and millions of people from everywhere crowd the place almost throughout the year.

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Hours/Tours:
Open 24 hours a day. However Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
Address/Map:  900 Ohio Dr SW Washington, DC 20242
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Website: Jefferson Memorial - Washington DC
   
Admission: Free