Sunday, 28 July 2013

Washington Monument

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Washington Monument is a granite obelisk, weighing ninety-one tons, lined with pure white Maryland marble. The obelisk is one hundred sixty-nine meters tall.

It was built during 1848-1884 in Washington between the Capitol and the White House. The obelisk monument is for the first U.S. president, George Washington.

George Washington led the Continental Army to victory in the war of independence against Britain in 1789. He was known as the father of the nation and was elected first president of the United States.

Before construction of the Eiffel Tower, this obelisk was the highest structure on the planet ever. The top of the obelisk is reached by a staircase, which has eight hundred ninety-six steps.

You can also use a lift. On the east side at the top of the monument are carved two Latin words - Laus Deo, which translated means the glory of God.

Every new day begins in the U.S. with the first ray of sun shining on this inscription.

The process of creating the monument was launched in 1832, when they celebrated one hundred years of the birth of George Washington.

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