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"Washington Monument" Washington Monument Tip by Terrysham

Washington Monument, Washington D.C.: 123 reviews and 225 photos

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by Terrysham

Constructed of 36,000 pieces of marble and granite, the Washington Monument remains one of the most recognizable monuments in the capital. Funds for this tribute to the first president of the United States initially came from individual citizens. A design by Robert Mills was chosen and construction began in 1848. When the money ran out the building work stopped for over 20 years. Then, in 1876, public interest revived the cause of completing the project. (A slight change in the color of stones marks the point where has recently undergone a massive renovationl it has been thoroughly cleaned, cracks have been sealed, chipped stone patched, and the 192 commemorative stones repaired.

Address: Constitution Avenue & 15th Street
Directions: Metro stop: Smithsonian
Phone: (202) 426 - 6841

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