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Jefferson Memorial


The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third President and primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Overlooking the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is a ten-minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial.

The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, called the 1-2-3 President because he was the first Secretary of State, the second-vice President and the third President. Besides these accomplishments, he was the main author of the Declaration of Independence and an accomplished architect. He designed the rotundas of the Univ. of Virginia and his mansion Monticello after the Pantheon in Rome, so it is only befitting that his own memorial is built in the same style.

John Russell Pope designed a monument with colonnade and dome around a 19-foot statue of Jefferson. Excerpts from Jefferson’s writings are inscribed on the walls.

In clement weather, a good way to see the monument is by renting a paddle-boat from the Tidal Basin’s Boat House.

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