Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, located in the National Mall area, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Washington, DC. It was built to commemorate the first US President, George Washington. The monument is the tallest stone structure and the tallest obelisk in the world, standing at around 556 feet (close to 170 m). It is also the tallest structure in Washington, DC (there is a city ordinance in Washington, DC, that does not permit a building to be taller than 110 feet). Upon completion it was the tallest structure in the world, until the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France was completed in 1889.

I have never been inside or taking the elevator up the Washington Monument, but like other people living in Washington, DC, area, I have walked the grounds of the monument many times. During the summer months, the grassy area around the monument is used by locals for playing sports or to hold events/festivals. It is also located centrally when you’re walking around the National Mall area to visit many of the monuments and other buildings around, so there are usually good number of people walking around there.

The photo below was taken on a cloudy day in the spring time. You can see the tall monument with some flag poles around and visitors at the base for scale comparison.

Washington Monument

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