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Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • It was certainly my favorite in Washington because it combines great peace and quiet with both honour and respect
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  • There is not a place so dominant, that observed Jefferson Memorial should not be of less. But it is both architecturally and from the historical background certainly one of the most important buildings in Washington. Worth a visit!
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  • Enjoyed first time getting to g into the monument. However the outside walls look horrible. Needs a good power washing. Sad to see this monument in this condition. 
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Of all the monuments on the National Mall, this one was by far my favorite. The monument is off on its own from most of the other sites on the mall and yet I felt it very fitting. It was a very peaceful spot of the tidal basin. I especially like the quotes on the wall inside the monument. It was a very fitting monument to a flawed man who had strives for something better then himself.
  • A beautiful view of the Potomac Basin surrounded by the beautiful cherry trees that Mr.Jefferson so loved. The monument is modest in a way and in a successful effort to convey the Man himself the monument finds it's grandiosity in the form of the of the poetic inscriptions of the Great Man on the inner sanctum that leaves you standing in quiet solace as you read those revolutionary words that helped turned the world upside down.
  • A beautiful memorial nestled next to the Basin. Expect a lot of walking, but clear and easy paths to navigate (wheelchair friendly). The Rotunda is impressive in scale, and the place inspires a sense of awe and respect. Enjoy the cool breezes and stunning views.
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