on May 29, 2007
One of the most recognized and most visible monuments in the Washington D.C. area, the Washington Monument stands over 555 foot tall between the National Mall and the Reflecting Pool. Construction began in 1848 from white marble quarried from Maryland and Massachusetts, the Monument was completed and opened in 1888. Named after the father of the country, many people thought that the effort was an attempt to deify the first President of the country. Although it wasn't, the monument is testimony in its size and prowess to many of the qualities that Washington exhibited.Peeking over the building scape of most of Washington, the monument really does look over the entire city from its location to the south of the White House. With fifty flags ringing the base of the monument, it is truly dedicated to the states and people of this great nation as well.Some of the best views of the monument can be seen from the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials.I would highly recommend visiting the Washington Monument if you are in the D.C. area. I would also suggest that you get there before 4:45pm, so you can take the elevator to the top and see the views of Washington. I, unfortunately did not arrive in time and was not able to do so, but from on-line, the views are incredible.
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