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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, Dallas
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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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  • This location is filled with historic information regarding the assassination of JFK. I would definitely suggest visiting the museum as well! 
  • This place is beautiful and very serene. You get a since of OMG I just can't explain it. It's pain, sorrow, happiness everything all rolled into one. I must see! 
  • This is where it all began back in the 60's. The plaza is a very nice memorial to our past president Kennedy. 
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  • Took my family down here. Great day to learn about history and time to spend with the family. The audio tour is not that great. I would just rather listen to my iPod and move along with the crowd. I like listening to captain beefheart and his magic band
  • Nice place , just had some information at two places. Nothing much to see. May be museum will have additinal stuf. Well reunion tower do have some documentaries on display on top.
  • A historical place with information and markings. Worth visiting if you're in Dallas.
  • 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.