Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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Monument · Tourist Spot
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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  • Surrounded by the Potomac Basin this is a must stop visit, especially at night. Nice place to take a lunch break.  more »
  • Though clearly work is often needed to maintain these great pieces of architecture, the Jefferson Memorial is currently under construction. Covered in scaffolding on multiple areas but you can see...  more »
  • 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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