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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.DescriptionThe JFK Memorial was the first memorial by famed American architect and Kennedy family friend, Philip Johnson. The monument was approved by Jacqueline Kennedy herself. Johnson called it "a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth." The citizens of Dallas funded its construction entirely.The simple, concrete memorial to President Kennedy dominates a square in downtown Dallas owned by Dallas County, and bordered by Main, Record, Elm and Market Streets, one block east of Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was assassinated.Philip Johnson's design is a cenotaph, or empty 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.
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  • I was being shown around Dallas and after the grassy knoll I was taken here. From the outside it was interesting, but once you go inside and see the empty plinth with his name on it - words cant descr...  more »
  • Kind of average to below average monument to JFK when compared to other ones around the county. It is only a block or so walk from the Texas Book Depository and Dealy Plaza so you might as well see it...  more »
  • A plce I anve waite dyears to visit. It was simply inredible being in this museum. Being transported back in time and it was so rel as if zI was actully syanding there. Congratulations to the City of ...  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.
  • A must see for one of the most shocking events in our history. Young kids were not interested, but teen and adults were. it was before I was born, but I could still feel something as we were there. We just looked around, no tour guide for the things we looked at.
  • Historical site . Great views and nice place to go . Sites are also great
  • 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.
  • A one time place to check out if you haven't already. Great area to take a walk.

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Though the downtown area offers more high-end accommodations, the heaviest concentration of hotels in Dallas is in the northern part of the city. Staying in this area while on holiday allows you to choose from a range of affordable and comfortable lodgings just a short drive from the city's major attractions. Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may find it more convenient to stay close to the airport or near the city's amusement parks. A budget-friendly alternative, the northern suburbs offer decent accommodations and plenty of shops and restaurants.
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