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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  • The building itself is just so beautiful. It seems to capture the essence of Jefferson. Right now it's under construction which makes it a bit more challenging to visit and it's a bit out of the... 
    The building itself is just so beautiful. It seems to capture the essence of Jefferson. Right now it's under construction which makes it a bit more challenging to visit and it's a bit out of the...  more »
  • such an impressive building and despite being close to the city there was an air of tranquility here. 
    such an impressive building and despite being close to the city there was an air of tranquility here.  more »
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  • Although there are some repairs being done to this memorial to Thomas Jefferson, this is a definite must go if you're going to visit the Tidal Basin. This is part of the National Park service as well. Great views of the area resuscitate of the Washington Monument across the basin. Should be spectacular during cherry blossom 🌸 season! A choir was performing on the steps which was cool too. Most enjoyable!
  • This is without a doubt one of the most stunning buildings I've ever been in. I was moved to tears at the Lincoln Memorial and this place inspired me to tears! They say that the building was inspired by the Pantheon in ancient Rome. It has exactly the kind of feel that an ancient place of reverence would have. Definitely puts a person's mind to thinking of the great thoughts and words that came from this great man. The building is as beautiful as it is uncomplicated and yet ornately elegant in its marble grandeur. Make sure to visit the small bookstore as well as the small walk-through museum in the basement.

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