Washington Monument Framed by Leafs at Dusk

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skibum415 on February 7, 2010

Leafs framing the Washington Monument at dusk.

-----------------------------------------Washington Monument-----------------------------------------

The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and sandstone, is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 ft.

There are other monumental columns (which are neither all stone nor true obelisks) which are taller.

It is also the tallest structure in Washington D.C.. It was designed by Robert Mills, an architect of the 1840s. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death. This hiatus in construction happened because of co-option by the Know Nothing party, a lack of funds, and the intervention of the American Civil War. A difference in shading of the marble, visible approximately 150 feet (46 m or 27%) up, shows where construction was halted for a number of years. The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848; the capstone was set on December 6, 1884, and the completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world's tallest structure, a title previously held by the Cologne Cathedral. The monument held this designation until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, France. The monument stands due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial.

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  • Uploaded on February 6, 2010
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    by skibum415
    • Taken on 2009/09/13 17:27:55
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 16.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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