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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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  • This is a favorite place to watch the sunset over the Potomac. The statue is standard monumental art, but the quotations are fascinating. The Jefferson Memorial is set well away from most of the other...  more »
  • This building is huge, and seems fitting for Thomas Jefferson. I only wish I could have been able to see inside the building. We were on a tour bus when we saw this, and they didn't stop here to let u...  more »
  • Old Tom just stands there surrounded by his words. Some of the most beautiful words ever written about government were written by Jefferson and this beautiful memorial celebrates him and his words. 
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  • Love the walk around the lake to the memorial. There are four memorials on this lake and it is a great way to enjoy your natural surroundings while learning about American history. The Jefferson memorial is incrediable. Standing in the middle and reading his quotes that we read in our school history book. Perfect place for photos.
  • The Thomas Jefferson Memorial a fitting tribute to one of our founding fathers, built on a scenic location away from the National Mall. If you’re visiting the National mall, I would highly suggest taking the walk or jog to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. While it may be a bit of a hike, you’re greeted with some of the best scenery that Washington DC has to offer. The memorial itself was much less crowded than everything at the National Mall. From the memorial you can gaze across the basin and look upon the Washington Monument and the National mall, which is simply stunning. While we didn’t get to see this view at sunset or sunrise, I can only imagine how amazing that might be. The statue is art at its finest and the building it's housed in is another example of the historical architecture that dots the DC landscape. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is definitely worth a visit.
  • A must on your monuments tour. Also a good place to duck out of the rain for a bit. Benches in the portico. Alsi tske elevator to bottom level for an exibit, restrooms (not as crowded usually) and two gift shops. One has a big selection od books on Jefferson (these can be harder to find)
  • Beautiful monument. Due to its location off the National Mall, it seems to be a calmer sight than the other large monuments in the area. The park around the monument is absolutely gorgeous and worth seeing, especially during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Bonus: An especially great place for runners!
  • An amazing place to tour around...it was more astonishing to meet the crew of House of Cards filming there with kevin spacey