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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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TripAdvisor
  • Waited since 1963 to vist this historical site. It can be very solem when you realize what happened so many years ago, and you are standing right there. Awesome piece of history to experience!  more »
  • Visited this site one morning and spent a fair bit of time wandering around. There is a simple white X on the road marking the spot where President Kennedy was murdered. I have to say I thought the si...  more »
  • History is a valuable part of life and society as a whole. Being able to take part in learning about it in person is awesome!  more »
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  • Sad but true that Dallas and the JFK assassination are intrinsically connected. Dallas has done a lot to commemorate the spot. The upkeep is nice. Beware of the tour guides. Visit the Museum if you want answers.
  • The history here is important, every one needs to visit if you go to Dallas. Very clean,people offer tours and there's good photo ops everywhere.
  • It's a good place to see for its historical importance, but appart from that there's not much to see, except for the restaurants and stores around.
  • Very interesting place to visit. Easy to get to. Parking isn't too bad. Near downtown.
  • Somewhat stark and deserted. The place needs a revamp for its aging memorials, and there really isn't a celebration of JFK's achievements which would complement the memorial itself.