Apr 16, 2011

Sights of Washington

This multi view postcard was sent by Jamie from Wahington D.C. via postcrossing [US-1079058]. It shows the most famous sites of the city! She writes to me: "I live just outside of Washington D.C. It is a place with a lot of history." On the card we can see [at first row from left] Lincoln Memorial, White House, Iwo Jima Memorial. On the second row we can see the 3 Soldiers Vietnam War Statue, Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Washington Monument. On the third row, White House, Korean War Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Capitol Building. And in the last row we can see the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Women's Statue.

I have written before about Washington and some of its sights, so I will write now a few words about some of them.

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third President of the United States. The neoclassical building was designed by John Russell Pope. It was built by Philadelphia contractor Tyler Nichols. Construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1943, and the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.

The U.S. National World War II Memorial is a National Memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of arches surrounding a plaza and fountain, it is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. It opened to the public on April 29, 2004, and was dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004, two days before Memorial Day. As of 2009, more than 4.4 million people visit the memorial each year.


Isn't is weird that most of the sights in Washington are war-related? Just something to think about..

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