Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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A neoclassical building designed by architect John Russell Pope, Jefferson Memorial features a 6 m (19 ft) bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson and well-known excerpts from his writings. Designed with Jefferson's private library in mind and completed in 1943, the memorial contains circular marble steps, a colonnade of Ionic columns, a shallow dome, and a portico. In addition to the famous bronze likeness of Jefferson, the memorial also contains a sculptural group depicting the founding father with other historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The memorial is especially photogenic when the surrounding cherry trees blossom in a profusion of gentle pink. Plan to visit Jefferson Memorial and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Washington DC attractions using our Washington DC itinerary maker tool.
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  • Only second to the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial is another great memorial and photo op with great architecture and just stoic beauty as it sits along the water. We got some great shots... 
    Only second to the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial is another great memorial and photo op with great architecture and just stoic beauty as it sits along the water. We got some great shots...  more »
  • Even full of people it is amazing, we went in the daytime and at night it's so impressive and interesting 
    Even full of people it is amazing, we went in the daytime and at night it's so impressive and interesting  more »
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  • Beautiful and peaceful place. It felt good to just sit on the steps under the clear skies on a bright day. The views across the basin are nice all around. We walked across all the memorials around the National Mall and it was an amazing experience.
  • In mid 2019 there is a fair amount of construction scaffolding around the monument, particularly above the domed ceiling. I don't think it distracted from the experience though. From the Jefferson Memorial you can walk around the tidal basin to visit the lower profile but equally moving Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King memorials.

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