Jefferson Memorial - The Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.

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    The Jefferson Memorial - my favorite

    by JetlagCity Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    I liked the Jefferson Memorial the best of the memorials I saw in Washington, D.C., even though it seemed a little harder to get to. It's in a beautiful setting on the water, and Jefferson is an excellent representative of the great ideals that America was founded upon: liberty; education for all; separation of church and state. There are several quotes of his engraved inside the monument. This one really stood out to me, especially the last line!

    "I am certainly not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

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    Go visit the Jefferson Memorial

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 26, 2005

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    The Jefferson Memorial is located on the Tidal Basin. You can take a wonderful stroll around the whole tidal basin but be warned is rather a long water, take you time a pick up some water along the way. If you go during the Cherry Blossom Festival while the trees are in full bloom you can get some beautiful photos!

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    Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    by deecat Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    Even though Thomas Jefferson was our nation's third president, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and secretary of the state under George Washington, a memorial in his honor was not done until 1943! (on the 200th anniversary of his birth).

    Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 (exactly 50 years to the day after the signing of his famous declaration).

    Jeffereson should also be remember as an architect who loved domed structures (like his home in Monticello, Virginia). Thank goodness his memorial is built in the same style.

    Inside the monument, it is also beautiful with words to some of Jefferson's most famous speeches engraved in the walls. In the exact center of the dome is a nineteen-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Thomas Jefferson standing on a pedestal and wearing a long fur-lined coat, buckled shoes, and knee pants. When the light shines on it, visitors are in awe. Incidentally, this bronze statue of Jefferson did not arrive to the memorial until four years later!

    This testimonial to Jefferson in the circular building with 54 graceful columns has sculptures above the entrance that show Jefferson working on the declaration along with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and others.

    The Jefferson Memorial is regarded as one of the prettiest spots in the city, probably because it's located across the Tidal Basin. From the monument you can see downtown Washington across the Tidal Basin. What an incredible sight. That is why it is one of the city's most popular attractions.

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    Dedicated in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President of the United States of America from 1801-1809. He is one of our forefathers of the Declaration of Independence and sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1826 at his Monticello home.

    ~ I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tryranny over the mind of man." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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    Closed on December 25th

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    Museum located in the lower lobby of the memorial.

    Available Facilities
    Bookstore and Restrooms located in the basement of the memorial. Elevator access

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    Jefferson Memorial in the Spring

    by jlee008 Written Apr 14, 2004

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    The end of March and beginning of April is the best time to see the cherry blossoms in the tidal basin of the capital of the United States of America. The weather can be a bit temperamental, but well worth the trials. There are monuments to visit: Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and others are nearby. If you don't want to miss the major touristy things, these are some great places to see.

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    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Dedicated in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President of the United States of America from 1801-1809. He is one of our forefathers of the Declaration of Independence and sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1826 at his Monticello home.

    ~"Panel One:
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We . . . solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states. . . And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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    Open All Year

    Closed on December 25th

    Exhibits
    Museum located in the lower lobby of the memorial.

    Available Facilities
    Bookstore and Restrooms located in the basement of the memorial. Elevator access

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    by richiecdisc Written Apr 25, 2010

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    It should come as no surprise that Thomas Jefferson merits the third most impressive of monuments to commemorate presidents. He was after all the writer of the Declaration of Independence and a chief contributor to the Constitution. Jefferson was also an architect and having introduced the classic circular colonnaded style to the United States, it only seems natural that his monument should be modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, perhaps its most renowned Neoclassical forerunner. As impressive as its exterior is, the 19 foot 5 ton bronze statue of Jefferson does the great man justice. Opened in 1941 amid much previous controversy with regard to its style and location, it has become a cornerstone feature of DC's core of monuments.

    We visited this fairly early in the morning after walking over from the Lincoln Memorial and found it very peaceful and serene. The views from the steps to The Mall and White House are amongst the finest in DC.

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    Dedicated in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President of the United States of America from 1801-1809. He is one of our forefathers of the Declaration of Independence and sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1826 at his Monticello home.

    ~"Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens . . . are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion . . . No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively."~ Thomas Jefferson

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    Open All Year

    Closed on December 25th

    Exhibits
    Museum located in the lower lobby of the memorial.

    Available Facilities
    Bookstore and Restrooms located in the basement of the memorial. Elevator access

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    Dedicated in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President of the United States of America from 1801-1809. He is one of our forefathers of the Declaration of Independence and sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1826 at his Monticello home.

    ~"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish a law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state and on a general plan." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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    Open All Year

    Closed on December 25th

    Exhibits
    Museum located in the lower lobby of the memorial.

    Available Facilities
    Bookstore and Restrooms located in the basement of the memorial. Elevator access

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    Dedicated in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President of the United States of America from 1801-1809. He is one of our forefathers of the Declaration of Independence and sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1826 at his Monticello home.

    ~"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    Presidents of the United States Of America

    Open All Year

    Closed on December 25th

    Exhibits
    Museum located in the lower lobby of the memorial.

    Available Facilities
    Bookstore and Restrooms located in the basement of the memorial. Elevator access

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    by mindcrime Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    Jefferson Memorial was built in 1943 to honor the third president of United States, Thomas Jefferson(1743-1826). It’s a nice structure, again in neoclassical style with Ionic columns, probably modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. I guess Jefferson would be proud and happy to see it as he loved architecture.

    In 1947 a 19-foot bronze statue of T.Jefferson was added and placed inside the memorial.
    The first day we took a pic from the tourmobile, and we were supposed to return the next day to stay a bit and check the Jefferson’s words that adorn the interior walls of the memorial. We were so tired that never made it to return…

    It is open 24 hours with no entrance fee. Rangers are on duty 9.30-23.00

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    Construction on the Jefferson Memorial began in 1938 after Franklin Delanor Roosevelt pushed for several years to create this structure in memory of one of our nation's greatest Presidents and a key founding father. The memorial was completed in 1942, but the bronze statue of Jefferson could not be created until after WWII due to a shortage of copper.

    From the outside the monument resembles some of Jefferson's own domes at Monticello and the University of Virginia. Inside is open and empty except for the 19 foot tall, 10,000 pound statue of the president. There are four of Jefferson's quotations on the walls facing the statue and one more inside the base of the dome over the head of the statue. One of the four large quotations is from the Declaration of Independence, another deals with religious freedom, the third slavery, and the fourth is about progress and changes in government which ends by saying "We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." The engraving below the dome reads "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

    Under the monument are public restrooms, a few historical displays, and a gift shop.

    The Jefferson Memorial is less visited than many other big monuments because of its difficult to reach location and distance from the Metro.

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    Jefferson Memorial from across the Tidal Basin

    by bct341 Written Oct 11, 2003

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    well.. not much to add to the rest of the info about this memorial.. but I love looking at it at night or during the day. The view of the memorial from across the basin can be mesmerizing... and of course beautiful :)

    When walking around Washington... be sure to take in the different views.. both during the day.....and at night :)

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    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2007

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    thomas jefferson was the third president of the united states and played a significant role in drafting the declaration of independence in 1776. the memorial was designed by john russell pope and was comissioned by president franklin d. roosevelt in 1943. inside of the memorial is a 19 foot bronze statue of jefferson.

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    Paying homage to Thomas Jefferson

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Sep 12, 2008

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    We thought that the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are laid out in a similar pattern.

    A 19 foot high statue of this 3rd President of the United States and the Author of the Declaration of Independence is housed in the white-domed, colonnaded building on the south bank of the Tidal Basin.

    The bronze statue portrays Jefferson addressing the Continental Congress. It stands on a six foot high pedestal of black Minnesota granite. The Memorial was dedicated in 1943, only after a group of angry women chained themselves to an uprooted cherry tree to protest removal of the trees to make way for the Monument. Only 83 trees were actually cut down while thousands remained.

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