"The Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C." Washington D.C. Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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  The Jefferson Memorial
by Paul2001

The Jefferson Memorial was completed in 1943 in honour of the man who possilby had more influence upon his nation than any other man. The memorial has a majestic setting on the Tidal Basin south from the Mall. It was designed in the fashion of the columned rotunda capped off by a dome. Beneath the dome is a 19ft bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson sculpted by Rudolph Evans. On the walls of the rotunda are inscriptions by Jefferson himself. Of note is that the classical style of the memorial was heavily influenced by Jefferson himself. Besides being an important political figure, Jefferson was an architect and brought the classical design to America in the early 19th century. Jefferson's career includes writing the Declaration of Independence and serving as the American representive to France during the War of Independence. After the war he was Washington's Secretary of State, John Adam's Vice President and the third President of his nation. His personal interests beyond politics included architecture, farming, astronomy and music. Personal finances were not is strong suit as he died broke.
Probably the best time of the year to visit the memorial is in early April when the blossoms of the nearby cherry trees are in blum. They even impressed me at seven years of age when I first visited the memorial with my family.
The Jefferson Memorial is open from daily 8am-11:45pm. Like all of the other monuments in Washington, it is free to visit.

Directions: South of the Mall and the Washington Monument.
Phone: 202-426-6841

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  • Updated Dec 17, 2004
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