Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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WalterC WalterC
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Worth going around the Tidal Basin to see this! Jul 15, 2016
Located on the other side of the Tidal Basin, away from most of the other monuments, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a national memorial dedicated to the 3rd President.

In addition to being President, he would write the Declaration of Independence, serve as the 1st secretary of state under George Washington, as well as vice-president under John Adams. Plus help enlarge the country more with the Louisiana Purchase, and much more. Quite the resume, so it should be really no surprise that a memorial was built for Jefferson.

The memorial itself, was completed in 1943, and built similar to the Pantheon in Rome. In the center, is the huge bronze statue of Jefferson, which is 19-feet tall. On the walls, there are quotes on the wall. One of them is an except from the Declaration of Independence. Another being from the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, from 1777, which would later pave the way for the freedom of religion in the 1st Amendment.

Above the entrance of the Tidal Basin side, is a sculpture that shows Jefferson with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. These were the Founding Fathers who helped draft the Declaration of Independence.

The memorial is open 24 hours, so you can visit anytime. I would recommend a visit in the early morning hours, a short time after sunrise, when you basically have the place all to yourself.

There is a small museum and gift shop located below it, but from what it seems, it’s not really a must-see. But regardless, visiting the Jefferson Memorial is a must, even if it is a short one. And quite a distance, being on the other side of Tidal Basin.

It can reached by the Red Line of the DC Circulator, which drops you off on the back side of the memorial.
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front side of memorial
sculpture above entrance
statue of Thomas Jefferson
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Zagnut66 says:
During the Cherry Blossom Festival, this memorial is packed with tourists. Early morning is definitely the time to go.
Posted on: Aug 18, 2016
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spocklogic spocklog…
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Standing Around Since 1943 Aug 13, 2015
The Jefferson Memorial actually constructed during WW II, where a statue of Thomas Jefferson has stood since it was completed in 1943. The architecture is in a style that parallels the Pantheon of Rome, paying homage to Jefferson own design of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It's a bit of a walk to get to this monument through West Potomac Park and around the Tidal Basin. Be sure to bring some water with you on warm days as there's little to be had walking around the tidal Basin, excluding the salt water of the basin itself. From here there are nice views across the basin where people can be seen riding paddle boats. Inside is Jefferson, of course, standing tall and draped in a long coat. The statue is made of bronze. Interior panels include inscriptions of a section of the Declaration of Independence and quotations by Jefferson which have been edited. Around the base of the dome is inscribed: "...I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

By the numbers: No info on the exterior building dimensions itself, except the dome height which is said to be 129 feet (39.3 m) in height from ground level. The 26 white marble columns surrounding the monument indicates the number of U.S. states that existed at the time of Jefferson’s death. Each column is 41 feet (12.5 m) tall in the Greek Ionic style. Inside the memorial the chamber is ~ 82 feet (25 m) in diameter and from floor level the dome reaches 91 feet (28 m) in height to the highest point. The massive dome weighs some 32,000 tons (29,030 kg) in a 4 feet (1.2 m thick) spherical cap. The statue of Jefferson is 19 feet (5.8 m) tall, weighing in at 5 tons (4,536 Kg). His pedestal is 6 feet (1.82 m), making the statue 25 feet (7.62 m) in height. Note: The original statue was cast in plaster due to metal restrictions during WW II, but it was later cast in bronze after the war in 1947, replacing the plaster one, once the metal restrictions had been removed.
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Africancrab Africanc…
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Memorial to the Third President of the United States Jun 16, 2012
Among the many memorials in Washington, this is one of the more prominent ones. Dedicated to the third president of the United States, it is one of the more photographed memorials in Washington. During the Cherry Blossoms, it is seen between the beautiful blooms.

The architect John Russell Pope designed it after Monticello and the rotunda of the University of Virginia. At the center of the dome is a huge bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson sculpted by Rudolph Evans. On the surroudning walls are excerpts from Jefferson’s major writings, including the Declaration of Independence and letters to James Madison and George Washington forming a "shrine to freedom" as Franklin D. Roosevelt described it.

The memorial was dedicated in 1943, four years after the laying of the cornerstone. Because of his importance and influence in American history, his memorial was built to remind Americans of his greatness in the nation's history.
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camwilde camwilde
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial Dec 06, 2010
Thomas Jefferson was an important figure in the formation of our country. It was him who penned the declaration of independence, acted as our 3rd President, and sent Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition to the find a waterway across the Americas.

The Memorial honoring him was added along the Potomac River and completed in 1943 (statue added in 1947). It consists of marble steps, a portico, and a dome containing the bronze statue of Jefferson. Quotes are all over the place and you get a feeling of who the man was through these quotes and talking to the rangers on site.
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tj1777 tj1777
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial Oct 20, 2008
Thomas Jefferson was the first US secretary of state, the second vice president and the third president. Not to mention the former governor of Virginia and the lead author of the Declaration of Independence. Hence it is not too surprising he has got one of the most noteworthy memorials in Washington.

It is not on the National Mall but on the axis that cross the National Mall at the Washington Monument and got the White House on the one end and the Jefferson Memorial on the other just at the shore of the Tidal Pool.

The monument itself is a big building with a massive dome shape after the dome at Monticello - the home of Thomas Jefferson. In the centre of the building is a huge bronze statue of Jefferson. On the walls of the building is different quotations from the writings of Thomas Jefferson including the Declaration of Independence.

It is free to go and visit the memorial but you will have to walk around the Tidal Pool to actually get to the monument.
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Andy99 Andy99
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The Jefferson Memorial Mar 31, 2006
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, dedicated in 1940, honors Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

The Jefferson Memorial is my own favorite among all the memorials and monuments in Washington. The location is nearly perfect—a classical rotunda on the edge of the Tidal Basin and surrounded by the Japanese flowering cherry trees.

The memorial was designed by architect John Russell Pope who drew inspirtation from by Jefferson’s own interest in classical architecture and his designs for Monticello and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. In the center of the memorial's own rotunda is a statue of Jefferson by Rudolph Evans. On the surroudning walls, the visitor sees excerpts from Jefferson’s major writings, including the Declaration of Independence and letters to James Madison and George Washington forming a "shrine to freedom" as Franklin D. Roosevelt described it. Exhibits on Jefferson and his times and presidency and a book and gift shop are in the lower part of the memorial.
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Statue of Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence
Excerpts from Jefferson's Writings
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euphemy says:
I hope to someday see this.
Posted on: Jul 28, 2008
reikunboy says:
I would love to see this especially to read the declaration of independence
Posted on: Jul 27, 2008
jennjeff1 says:
One of our favoite memorials in DC!
Posted on: Jul 27, 2008

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