The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. The marble obelisk honours the nation`s founding father George Washington who led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation`s first president under the Constitution.
At 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches, the Washington Monument is considered to be the tallest piece of free-standing masonry in the world. Patterned after ancient Egyptian obelisks (though several times larger), it dominates the Mall and much of downtown Washington DC with its symbolic presence, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
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