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Mount Vernon and the original Washington Monument
Mount Vernon is a ritzy area about 10 blocks north of the Inner Harbor. The center of it is Mount Vernon Square, a beautiful hilly space anchored by the "original" Washington Monument which was built prior to the more famous monument in Washington D.C.
Monument to General Lafayette
French General Lafayette is well know and honored in Maryland. He fought along side General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. There are monuments to him in various cities. This is the one in Baltimore. It is located directly in front of the Washington Memorial on Charles Street.
Mount Vernon Methodist Church
The Mount Vernon Methodist Church is located just across the street from the Washington Monument. Every year on World Aids December 1 a memorial service is held here and the names of AIDS victims are read during a candle light ceremony in the church. After the ceremony the congregation walks out in silence with their candles still burning and place them in the fence around the Washinton Monument. It is a very moving and sad memorial each year.
Monument to Chief Justice...
Monument to Chief Justice Taney
Located just behind the Washington Monument and across the circle surrounding the monument is the Monument to Marylands infamous U.S. Supreme Court Justice Taney. Due to the Dread Scott Decision Taney is not held with a lot of respect historically.
Monument to John Eager Howard
This is another monument is the park surrounding the Washington Monument. There are two streets in Baltimore named after this famous Marylander. Howard Street which used to be one of Baltimore's major shopping districts has fallen into decay over the years. Currently there is a major renovation project going on in this area to bring the Howard Street corridor back to life. The other street named after him is Eager Street which runs through the heart of Mt. Vernon.
Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Located by the Washington Monument at Charles and Mount Vernon Place streets, the United Methodist Church is a religious attraction and one of the most significant buildings in all of Baltimore. It is one that you will not want to pass by when you see it. It sticks out in the neighborhood like a thorn among roses (in a good way). The building looks like they took it right out of the 17th century and put it in the middle of the 21st century.
Constructed in 1872, it has been in the heart of Baltimore, offering discovery in the stillness of time. The exterior's rustic look is a result of a mixture of green serpentine stone with red and buff limestone trim. Designed by architect Thomas Dixon it is a high Victorian Gothic with arches and trusses and has three spires. Quite an architectural accomplishment for its time.
In 1971, it was listed as a historic landmark in the National Registry of Historic Places. This one is different from the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington DC. I recommend you visit both if you can. I particularly liked this one. I did not have a chance to see the interior as it was closed.
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At George Washington's monument in Baltimore, you get the feeling that the monument was built for Washington and not for making money from Washington. What do I mean? Well, there are no souviner stands, there are no vendors, in fact there are very few tourist. The monument is just there for the people.
If your fit, I recommend that you climb the 400 some odd steps to the top and have a look out to the city.
The Walters Art Gallery
The Walters Art Gallery is located in Mount Vernon Square right next to the Washington Monument. The collection includes European, American, Islamic and Asian art and the adult admission is $10.
Baltimore's famous music conservatory, The Peabody Conservatory is also located on Charles Street on the circle near the Washington Mounment. Pictured is a monument to the founder and namesake.
Spires of First and Franklin...
Spires of First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church.
The spires of the the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church can be seen from from Charles Street in Mt. Vernon.
Located at the Columbus Piazza (hey, are we in Italy?), the monument is beautifully carved in Italian marble depicting images from the famous discovers life and adventures.
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