The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first American president. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk (169m).

Construction of the monument began in 1848, and was halted from 1854 to 1877 due to a lack of funds, a struggle for control over the Washington National Monument Society, and the intervention of the American Civil War. Although the stone structure was completed in 1884, internal ironwork, the knoll, and other finishing touches were not completed until 1888.

The original design was by Robert Mills, but he did not include his proposed colonnade due to a lack of funds, proceeding only with a bare obelisk. Despite many proposals to embellish the obelisk, only its original flat top was altered to a pointed marble pyramidion, in 1884. Upon completion, it became the world's tallest structure. The monument held this designation until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, France.



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Jordan Wright (6 months ago)
Who would give the Wahington Monument anything other than 5 stars!? I love our nation's Capitol, and the Washington Monument is my favorite icon. So many great memories here with my fellow Conservative friends. Picture is of my beautiful sister.
Nate Church (6 months ago)
An iconic place to see for sure. However, in my opinion, the architecture isn't breath-taking - it is pretty, but it's simply tall. The reflection pool is what is cool and known from so many movie shots. It's definitely a place to take pictures and check out, but I wouldn't put it as a "must-see" if you're time is crunched while in DC.
Anthony Steele (8 months ago)
What a good experience. We had to get reservations the day before at 10am on the dot. They go fast, so make sure you are ready at that time. The monument itself is a architectural marvel. Great views. History ans staff. It was really windy when we went and the staff let us in a little earlier and we appreciated that
Andrea Wu (8 months ago)
Made a reservation online a day before going, $1 reservation fee. Went at 9:30AM on Friday, had to wait a bit to go, but not too bad. Staff is quite friendly, really liked the descriptions by the rangers before we went up. Security check-in upon going inside, mask required too. Elevator was super smooth, 70 seconds, video played introducing the place when we were going up. Views from the top were awesome, views from all four sides! It was great. Windows are a bit dirty though so photos aren't the cleanest. Going down some stairs to another floor had some more written descriptions, pretty cool. Elevator going down was smooth as well, got to see some commemorative rocks on the way down along with some explanations. Really awesome visit!
Larry VP (2 years ago)
Visiting the Washington Monuments is an awesome experience. It was built to honor brother George Washington, the first U.S. president. It is 555 feet tall. Even walking around at night is great. Make sure you go up to experience US history and admire the city and its surroundings through the N,S,E,W windows.
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