The Washington Monument, a 555′ 5 1/8″ (169.294m) obelisk, stands in the National Mall, the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington DC, and was built to commemorate the Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolution and the country’s first president, George Washington.
Construction on the work, designed by architect Robert Mills, began July 4, 1848 but was not completed until December 6, 1884, due to several factors, including political in-fighting, low budgets and the Civil War.
At the time the monument was completed it eclipsed the Cologne Cathedral (474 feet or 144.5m tall) in Germany as the world’s tallest structure, only to be dwarfed by the Eiffel Tower (1,063 feet or 324m) in Paris, France, five years later for the 1889 World’s Fair.
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington DC and worth a visit.
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