The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, located on the National Mall, is one of the most-visited attractions in D.C..
It was built to commemorate our first president, George Washington.
The design rationale was based around Washington’s status as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” (Wiki).
Construction of the monument began in 1848, then discontinued from 1854 to 1877 due to a lack of funds and several other discrepancies.
The structure was built with marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss.
The construction of the monument is an “engineering marvel” because the only thing holding it together is gravity and friction, no mortar.
It is currently the world’s tallest stone structure, and was the worlds tallest structure in-general from 1884 to 1889.
The building stands at about 555 feet tall.
Each year, The Washington Monument gets about 800,000 new visitors.
Bright cherry blossoms can be found in all of the monuments’ surrounding areas when they are in season.
It is also a great place to come hang around in the field and spend time with loved ones.
But most of all, the view of the sunset and sunrise from the monument’s location are unforgettable.

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