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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  • We visited most of the memorials and museums on our trip to DC. It’s low season so crowds were not bad. The Jefferson Memorial is outside the mall area and had only a few people there when we visited....  more »
  • A powerful testament to the life of a national hero and beloved man. See it in the early morning or late evening.  more »
  • Did not get to see this memorial on my first DC visit, so this one was on the itinerary this time. It does not disappoint. The memorial is huge and awe inspiring! It is about a 15 minute from the Nati...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful memorial. Underrated, in my opinion.

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