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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Founded: 1848-1888
Category: Statues in United States

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Larry VP (3 months 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.
autywon (3 months ago)
Truly a beautiful area. It feels safe and the grounds are very well maintained. It was great to see this part of history. It is a LONG walk, so be prepared for that. It was also nice to see all the locals going for runs around the area.
Drew Lehmann (3 months ago)
Great centerpiece to the national mall. Good views in both directions to either end of the mall. Sometimes the option to go up to the top of the monument is available. At ground level, lots of American flags in a big circle around the monument. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view.
Karthik S (3 months ago)
Washington monument never gets old. They have a renovated, earlier we were able to go to the top and see the view of White House and other places. It’s been few years, they are renovating this place. A must visit, if you’re around in the area. It has a nice lawn and the view is pretty good even standing outside of the monument.
JOHN ASTON (4 months ago)
kinda looks like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson the 23rd president of ohio
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