Looking around for some wonderful USA tourist destinations? If yes, then come to Washington D.C., the capital of the USA. One of the best USA places of tourist interest is the Washington Monument.
The Washington Monument, built in memory of the first US President, George Washington, is about 555 feet 51⁄8 inches (169.294 m) tall. Though there are several higher monumental columns found across the world, but they are neither stone structures nor monolithic and this makes the Washington Monument one of the best spots of sightseeing in USA with thousands of people coming to have a look at the monument.
The construction of the monument started in 1848 and was finished in 1884. Between 1854 and 1877, there was a hiatus in construction for the selection of the Know Nothing party and lack of finances. This interruption is visible as there is a difference in the color of the marble at the height 150 feet from the base.
This monument was originally designed by the 18th century architect Robert Mills. However, the original design saw massive changes when the construction work restarted. The capstone and the cornerstone were placed on July 4, 1848, and on December 6, 1884. The monument was finally handed over to the city authorities on February 21, 1885 and inaugurated on October 9, 1888.
After being completed, the monument was known as the tallest structure of the world. Prior to this, Cologne Cathedral was recognized to be the highest. Until 1889, the Washington Monument held the title of the tallest structure of the world. After this, the title went to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
There are the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial to the east of the monument. The monument suffered damages in the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, followed by Hurricane Irene in the same year. The monument is closed to the tourists as it is being under construction and will be so till 2014. Once reopened, the place will regain the tag of being one of the most visited holiday destinations in USA.
Daily 09:00 - 17:00
2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024, United States
38° 53′ 22.09″ N,
77° 2′ 6.93″ W