Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Washington DC

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The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring American Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It sits at the base of Capitol Hill (Union Square, the Mall, 1st Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Maryland Avenue), below the west front of the United States Capitol. Its sculpture of Grant on horseback faces west, over the Capitol Reflecting Pool and toward the Lincoln Memorial, which honors Grant's wartime president, Abraham Lincoln. In addition to Grant's statue, which rests on a pedestal that showcases bronze reliefs of the infantry, there are statues of protective lions and bronze representations of the Union cavalry and artillery, on flanking pedestals. The Grant and Lincoln memorials define the eastern and western ends, respectively, of the National Mall.The Grant Memorial is a contributor to the Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, of the National Register of Historic Places. James M. Goode's authoritative The Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1974) calls it "one of the most important sculptures in Washington." It includes the second-largest equestrian statue in the United States and the fourth-largest in the world.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is on the back side of Capitol Hill. you will have lots of space for photo ops  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    This memorial reminds me of many others that feature a grand statue of a mounted horse. That said, it is occupying a prime location in the National Mall, behind the Capitol grounds, with a nice wide m...  more »
  • June 3, 2017
    Yes, under restoration, but still visible as are the side pieces...just spectacular scale and artistry and befitting the general and president. A must see, especially if you are walking around the Cap...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    The sculptures here can be easily missed, but examining their structure and reading about the history is enlightening and should be appreciated.
  • April 27, 2017
    One of the most magnificent bronzes I've ever seen. Take a close look at the faces of the soldiers reflecting the terror of warfare. Stunning!
  • January 24, 2017
    Very good place Follow me on Twitter @shubhamumarvai2
  • September 18, 2016
    Well designed structure/monument. Great picture opportunities here.
  • December 24, 2016
    Governments are always more stable and nations more prosperous when they truly represent their people

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