"Jefferson, Jefferson, Jefferson" Jefferson Memorial - Tidal Basin Tip by cjg1
Jefferson Memorial - Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.: 90 reviews and 186 photos
The Jefferson Memorial is always a stop for Liz and I when we are in D.C. Jefferson is Liz's favorite President and she likes to "stop in and visit" with him as she puts it.
The Jefferson Memorial was completed in 1943. John Russell Pope designed this large neoclassical structure but died before its completion. In 1947, the large bronze statue of Jefferson was added to the memorial , completing it.
Jefferson was a man who loved architecture and he would be proud of this memorial to him. The circular steps of mable, the portico, the Ionic colums, the dome and rotunda...would have made him quite happy.
Inside the memorial stands a 19 foot high bronze statue of Jefferson by Rudolph Evans. The walls inside have some passages from Jefferson's writing engraved in the marble. Below the dome is written "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Jeferson believed in free thought and that no person should hold sway over another's beliefs. He wrote this at a time when the government wanted to declare a state religion much to Jefferson's dissaproval. As much as he had beliefs he felt that no man should force his beliefs onto another.
The memorial overlooks the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River and many D.C. sights are within view. It is always a pleasure to sit on the steps with the Washington Monument soaring above the treeline.
Address: South bank of the Tidal Basin
Directions: Metro Stop: Smithsonian
Phone: (202) 426 - 6841
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