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. Plan to visit Jefferson Memorial and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Washington DC attractions using our Washington DC itinerary maker tool .
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  • I loved how this memorial was off by itself!! It's very peaceful and beautifully built!! Take some time to sit out on the ledge at the river!!  more »
  • This memorial honors President Thomas Jefferson. It is grand and imposing and overlooks the White House.
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  • A Wonderful Monument that is kept beautifully. A must see, even if you have seen it in pictures or TV. You can not imagine the size or the gorgeous setting around the Statue!  more »
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  • Beautiful and peaceful place. It felt good to just sit on the steps under the clear skies on a bright day. The views across the basin are nice all around. We walked across all the memorials around the National Mall and it was an amazing experience.
  • In mid 2019 there is a fair amount of construction scaffolding around the monument, particularly above the domed ceiling. I don't think it distracted from the experience though. From the Jefferson Memorial you can walk around the tidal basin to visit the lower profile but equally moving Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King memorials.
  • I really love the Jefferson Memorial, it's a very nice memorial that has a great view and it's off the beaten path so it doesn't get the huge crowds that the Lincoln gets. Great place to sit and chill. This is also a great place to visit at night, it's well lit and normally safe (I have been here many times at night and have never felt unsafe)
  • It was worth the trip. Under construction takes away the beauty of it. Rough walk for some. Bus can't take you to door. Still great memorial. Been two thousand miles more to go
  • As complicated as the history of one of the framers and writers or the Articles of Freedom is, one cannot forget he was a product of his times and, at great personal risk and on-going service gave of himself and his talents to this Great Republic that continues to grow and change and will, ever, remain a welcoming home to the huddled masses. This monument, off the usual paths but we'll worth the visit, reflects the incredible intelligence and stature of a man, who joined with others, and lay the foundations of this greatest of experiments, to which now we are entrusted to nurture.
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