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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  • We walked around the over flow looks like a lake it was cold but I think been wrapped up add to the walk the memorial dose not disappoint good views in and around the building.  more »
  • At the end of the mall and well worth the walk. Quotes of Jefferson's work are on the walls of the memorial. It has a great view of the MLK memorial. The monument is stunning and has a nice little mus...  more »
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  • Impressive presidential memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd President of the United States. Situated on the south side of the Tidal Basin, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial has a truly striking Neoclassical architecture, which is also favored by Thomas Jefferson himself. The most best timing to visit, in my humble opinion, is late afternoon! That's because you will get to also catch the spectacular sunset with magnificent rays of the sunlight shining into Thomas Jefferson Memorial, making it looks so stunningly beautiful!
  • Many people come to DC and almost nobody misses the Lincoln Memorial, but poor Tom Jefferson, his Memorial, which is truly beautiful and in a lovely location right on the Tidal Basin, is undervisited. I took a sightseeing bus that stopped at Memorials to less important figures, but didn’t even slow down for us to take a photo. I went back on my own, and I was glad that I did. This memorial is serene and majestic, paying homage to both Jefferson’s most famous speeches and writings as well as a tacit tip of the hat to his Monticello home in the architecture of the building itself. It’s a great place to take some photos at sundown or any time, so I would highly recommend you come and visit.

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