Washington Monument

Washington, D.C. / US East

The Washington Monument is a 555ft/169m tall obelisk built between 1848 and 1884 in honor of the first President of the United States, George Washington. It is the tallest free standing masonry structure in the world.

As early as 1783, when George Washington was still alive, plans by Pierre Charles l'Enfant for an equestrian statue of Washington were approved by Congress. The plan was never realized so in 1833, at the centennial anniversary of George Washington's birth, James Madison and John Marshall decided to take matters in their own hands and founded the Washington National Monument Society; its purpose was to build a monument for George Washington.

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