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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, Dallas

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a monument to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA) erected in 1970, and designed by noted architect Philip Johnson.The MonumentThis simple, concrete memorial to President Kennedy dominates a square in downtown Dallas near where the President was assassinated.Philip Johnson’s design is a “cenotaph,” or open tomb, that symbolizes the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. The memorial is a square, roofless room, 30 feet (9 m) high and 50 (15 m) by 50 feet (15 m) wide with two narrow openings facing north and south. The walls consist of 72 white precast concrete columns, most of which seem to float with no visible support two feet above the earth. Eight columns extend to the ground, acting as legs that seem to hold up the monument. Each column ends in a light fixture. At night, the lights create the illusion that the structure is supported by the light itself. The corners and “doors” of this roofless room are decorated with rows of concrete circles, or medallions, each identical and perfectly aligned. These decorations introduce the circular shape into the square architecture of the Kennedy Memorial.Visitors enter the room after a short walk up a slight concrete incline, embossed with concrete squares. Inside visitors confront a low-hewn granite square, too empty to be a base, too short to be a table, but too square to be a tomb, in which the name John Fitzgerald Kennedy is carved. The letters have been painted gold to capture the light from the white floating column walls and the pale concrete floor. These words – three words of a famous name – are the only verbal messages in the empty room.
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  • We were visiting Dallas for the day and decided we had to stop and visit the JFK Memorial. What a terrific museum and beautiful memorial structure. Was awesome to take my daughter and share the histor...  read more »
  • Dealey Plaza and the Sixth floor museum are fabulous. The Kennedy Memorial was just, as the pictures show, a symbolic empty room that takes about 5 minutes to see. Unfortunately is was a little dirty ...  read more »
  • By standing outside and reading the different sign that depict who was where on the day of the shooting, it almost feels like you were right there. Take a little extra time to walk all around and read...  read more »
  • Beautiful setting in this city. Close to a lot of history and a quaint little park with a play fountain for the kids. Was disappointed to see people standing on top of the center piece of the memorial, but that was no fault of the city.
  • Really great memorial in the middle of one of the best historic downtowns in the country. Must see if you visit Dallas. The surrounding museums are great too.
  • The Dallas City Tour was very informative & confirmed my belief that the Dearly Beloved President John F. Kennedy was ASSASSINATED BY A SEGMENT(S) OF THE US GOVERNMENT LIKE MANY OF PROMINANT PEOPLE ESPECIALLY IN AMERICA.
  • A must visit if you are going to the 6th floor museum. Great memorial to JFK. The only reason I left 4 out of 5 stars is that it seems to be a missed opportunity to put a statue in the middle of the structure, it's a bit empty without it.
  • Watching the shooting location on TV, has nothing on actually visiting the site. Bunch of people were just sitting there on the grass, reflecting
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