Alexandria Travel Blog› entry 926 of 1090 › view all entries
On the maps of Washington DC I discovered a site that was marked as touristically interesting. The city of Alexandria in Virginia. The Washington Metro system has a station at that site, so I decided to go there.
Alexandria is city with a very cozy historical center. The hearth of it all is King Street, a 2-km (1.2-mile) long street with many old picturesque stone houses and other historical structures. One of them is Christ Church whose history dates back to the 1767s. It was visited by the George Washington as well as the confederate general Robert E. Lee, who used to live in Alexandria. At the waterfront one can find an old torpedo factory, which is ow converted into a shopping mall.
The city was founded in 1747 and named after the Scottish immigrant John Alexander, who owned the lands before it became a city. During the civil war Alexandria became important for the Union troops and was made a part of the District of Columbia. It was returned to the state of Virginia in 1847.
I did not take the free tram that travels up-and-down King Street but chose to walk the whole street instead. A good choice, the traffic was rather congested so I was about as fast as the tourist-packed vehicle.
More pictures below!