Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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A neoclassical building designed by architect John Russell Pope, Jefferson Memorial features a 6 m (19 ft) bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson and well-known excerpts from his writings. Designed with Jefferson's private library in mind and completed in 1943, the memorial contains circular marble steps, a colonnade of Ionic columns, a shallow dome, and a portico. In addition to the famous bronze likeness of Jefferson, the memorial also contains a sculptural group depicting the founding father with other historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The memorial is especially photogenic when the surrounding cherry trees blossom in a profusion of gentle pink. Plan to visit Jefferson Memorial and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Washington DC attractions using our Washington DC itinerary maker tool.
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  • PROS * Beautiful building * Unbelievably beautiful structure * Classic Greek/Roman Temple architecture appearance * Breath-taking location * Charming and delightful Tidal Basin area * Suitable honor.....  more
    PROS * Beautiful building * Unbelievably beautiful structure * Classic Greek/Roman Temple architecture appearance * Breath-taking location * Charming and delightful Tidal Basin area * Suitable honor.....  more »
  • beautiful monument overlooking the lake and with Washington monument in the background. Step in and read the great lines by Jefferson on the 4 walls surrounding the statue. 
    beautiful monument overlooking the lake and with Washington monument in the background. Step in and read the great lines by Jefferson on the 4 walls surrounding the statue.  more »
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  • I don't think I had ever been here before. Possibly once as a young child. I found it quite inspiring despite the fact that Jefferson has become a controversial figure in this time of woke cancel culture. There's a lot of restoration construction going on at the moment. Not sure how long that will last. I loved being on the Tidal Basin. There are a number of excellent quotes from Jefferson inside the memorial on the walls. I'm a native Virginian by birth. My ancestors revered him as one of the Great founding fathers of America. A trip to DC is incomplete without a visit to this Memorial. It gives you an interesting perspective on the Washington Monument. You feel like you're not really in d.c. anymore when you go there. It makes a nice trip as you're headed south out of town.
  • I went here with my parents on a warm Saturday night in April 2022. As soon as I arrived I thought: “Wow, what an enormous and beautiful landmark!” I loved the enormous statue of Thomas Jefferson and the 4 speeches that surrounded him on each side of the memorial. It’s beautiful how it’s been built in the style of the Roman Temple since the Romans are one of the most influential, if not, the most influential people in history, and we became the next Great Empire of the world! This memorial is a true symbol of American power, freedom, and democracy!! The best part? My parents and I had the entire memorial to ourselves!! As a result, it was really quiet and we walked around the landmark with reverence, as we listened to the soothing sounds of (big) city traffic around us! It was especially uplifting to be looking out over the Tidal Basin and see the Washington Monument completely bright against the night sky! That image will forever be etched in my memory! I picked up good vibes, the moment I got close to the memorial! I had a huge smile on my face, the entire time that we were in the city, and when we saw the DC skyline, glowing like a lightbulb! You cannot visit DC and miss out on exploring this iconic landmark!

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