Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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A neoclassical building designed by architect John Russell Pope, Jefferson Memorial features a 6 m (19 ft) bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson and well-known excerpts from his writings. Designed with Jefferson's private library in mind and completed in 1943, the memorial contains circular marble steps, a colonnade of Ionic columns, a shallow dome, and a portico. In addition to the famous bronze likeness of Jefferson, the memorial also contains a sculptural group depicting the founding father with other historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The memorial is especially photogenic when the surrounding cherry trees blossom in a profusion of gentle pink. Our Washington DC trip itinerary maker makes visiting Jefferson Memorial and other Washington DC attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The beauty of the architecture of this memorial is what draws me to it. Despite whatever great contributions Jefferson made to this country, he will, foremost be a slaveholder to me. Nonetheless, the ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The best thing about Jefferson Memorial is you don't have to fight tooth and nail with crazy tourist to see it and be there. It's a bit off the walking path, so you will have to drive to it. Once ther...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    It's a good way to remember the man who bought the Louis. Territory. However, I would like a plague or something at the bottom of the steps to give further information.  more »
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  • July 25, 2017
    Not many visits Jefferson memorial... but I think the building structure is beautiful. After the Pantheon. It's just so far from the rest. It's less crowded and quiet here. You get the view of the Washington monument and the river. The inside of the building is so cool. One of my favorites!
  • September 10, 2017
    Beautiful, especially when the cherry blossoms are out in the spring. But of course that's when the sightseers descend on DC, so you might eant to choose another season. The paddle boats available on Maine Avenue are a delight to take around the memorial on the Tidal Basin.
  • July 5, 2017
    Very well maintained. The view from here is amazing. We loved it.
  • July 15, 2017
    f you don't see anything else while in DC, go to this monument. The pictures don't do it justice at all. Even my preteens were in awe and they've been here more than once.
  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful memorial. Underrated, in my opinion.

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