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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  • This place was so peaceful and beautiful and HUGE!! We walked here from the Washington monument (about a 2 mile walk). Jefferson himself is a gigantic bronze statue. There are inscriptions all around ...  more »
  • What is a trip to DC without seeing all the monuments and historical sites. Take a tour night or day or both.  more »
  • Peaceful to look back upon DC from the Jefferson Memorial. It's strange that DC can't make this one more accessible by public transportation. But worth the trip!  more »
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  • Have always been a fan of President Thomas Jefferson. Did a book report on the President back in 3rd grade and always admired his resolve and leadership. Visited the memorial on a cold, wintry day but it is a great tribute to our nation's 3rd president. The writings on the wall are great to read and the views from the memorial to the rest of DC are great too! Want to visit again in March (spring) during the Cherry blossoms.
  • 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!
  • Enjoyed our visit to the Jefferson Memorial. Beautiful lake and monument view from this location. We also noticed people biking and hiking around this beautiful lake. Follow our adventure (see more photos) via Facebook/Instagram @ Happy Campers 227 as we travel this beautiful country full time.
  • 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.
  • Very well maintained. The view from here is amazing. We loved it.

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