The Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin reservoir in National Mall honors Thomas Jefferson. The area and the architecture of the memorial named after the third President of the United States makes the monument stand out from other memorials in Washington DC. Its location also explains why the Jefferson Memorial is a crowd favorite.
The monument was designed by John Russell Pope in neoclassical style way back in the year 1925. In terms of architecture, it is similar to the Pantheon Temple in ancient Rome. The design of Jefferson Memorial was preferred by Thomas Jefferson.
The Tidal Basin’s water body borders the cherry trees here giving those on a Washington Monument tour a sumptuous sight to behold. When you go there at night and especially when moonlit, the memorial reflects on the water magnificently.
As an American citizen, Thomas Jefferson served his country in many designations including as a diplomat, lawyer, linguist, collector of books, an architect, and even as a farmer. Aside from serving as the US President succeeding John Adams, Jefferson also wrote the Declaration of Independence’s first draft.
The monument reflects the diverse accomplishment of the president. The column’s structure is home to a 19-foot bronze sculpture of Thomas Jefferson, who welcomes the visitors in the memorial. No wonder he gazes toward the White House itself.
The walls from the memorial feature excerpt inscriptions taken from several texts. One word express the notion that Jefferson propagated, which is one’s right to full religious freedom and another excerpt revealing the significance of changing laws that represent the times that American once lived in.
One of Jefferson Memorial’s most prominent sights resides on the southwest wall of the statue. To its left side, visitors will come across powerful worlds that represent the US history, an excerpt taken from his famous book: “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.”
Once you explore Jefferson Memorial fully with a private tour guide Washington DC, it is high time to see other points of interest in the city including Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.