The Washington Monument – Washington D.C.

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Like the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Parthenon, and the Taj Mahal, the Washington Monument truly commands universal recognition as a marvelous sightseeing memorial. Small wonder, this monument, a marvel of 19th century engineering, is never missed on Washington monument tours.



The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument

It is every tourist’s desire to see the Washington Monument that soars high above the nation’s capital. For those interested, there are various ways to get a Washington monument ticket.

The options include making reservations in advance, calling the Washington Monument toll free number to purchase your tickets, or getting tickets at the foot of the monument or getting the tickets at 15th Street Kiosk. The best way, however, is to book tickets online with a tour operator who undertakes Washington monument tours.

Here are some key facts and figures about the monument.

* The monument made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss is the world’s tallest obelisk standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches tall.

* The memorial was built by architect Robert Mills in the 1840s.

* It was officially opened for public on October 9, 1888.

Did you know that the Washington Monument Restoration work itself was a great tourist draw? In case this facet is not narrated to you by the tourist guides of Washington monument tours, here are two interesting pieces of information.


* The Washington Monument needed major restoration work to combat years of weathering and aging. To undertake this work during 1998-2000, architect Michael Graves was appointed to design the scaffolding and the interior observation and exhibit levels. As we all know, scaffolding during construction is a purely functional creation, mainly to transport workers and goods up and down safely. In all cases, scaffolding looks very mundane to draw any public attention. But the scaffolding of Washington Monument was radically different.

* A remarkable feature of the scaffolding was, it followed the profile of the monument and was adorned with a blue semitransparent architectural mesh fabric. The magnificence of the scaffolding itself told the story of restoration. At night, the insides of the scaffolding were lit by hundreds of lights, making it an awesome spectacle. This well-known obelisk’s scaffolding was first of its kind. The tourists to Washington DC during 1998 – 2000 were lucky to witness the great monument under glittering restoration work.

Washington Monument at night
Washington Monument at night


* During restoration work, a team of government scientists were using satellites to make a very accurate measurement of the monument’s height. They found that the memorial is actually taller by four-tenths of an inch than what was previously thought. In fact, it was the scaffolding that afforded scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration access to the top of the obelisk. An accurate measurement of height enabled engineers to monitor the monument’s stability with regard to shifting, settling, and movement of the structure.

Washington monument tours may be unsurprising visits to many Americans who are familiar with the image of the well-known obelisk shown every day on television. But certainly not to people who visit Washington DC from abroad. Even to the natives, Washington monument tours can include excursions to places, if perhaps less famous, yet interesting enough to make a worthwhile outing.





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