For a while I have been wanting to write about Washington, DC, and posts some pictures of the city. I love living here and generally feel that the city gets too much bad press! It is beautiful, it is very walkable, there is so much to do and see, and it offers many interesting jobs. So there! I want to do a series on the city, highlighting some of the things I like. I will definitely be doing some entries on rowhouses, like I did with Baltimore. One of the nicest things with living in DC is to be able to stroll and run on the National Mall, where some of the country's most famous and visited attractions are located.
I figured I'd start with a few shots of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. To many people, the most recognizable part of the US capital is the National Mall with all its monuments. I took these very early a Sunday morning at the end of March. First you see the Washington Monument and the reflecting pool, and then the Lincoln Memorial.
Allow me to quote from Wikipedia:
The Washington Monument is a large, tall, white-colored obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is a United States Presidential Memorial constructed to commemorate George Washington. The monument is among the world's tallest structures and is the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches (169.294 m) in height and made of marble, granite, and sandstone. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death. This hiatus in construction was because of a lack of funds and the intervention of the American Civil War. A difference in shading of the marble, visible approximately 150 feet (45 m) up, clearly delineates the initial construction from its resumption in 1876.
Its cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848; the capstone was set on December 6, 1884, and the completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world's tallest structure, a title it inherited from the Cologne Cathedral and held until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was finished in Paris, France.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of my favorites (the other one being the Korean War Memorial) and is dedicated to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It was dedicated in 1922.