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The Washington Monument is the world's tallest masonry structure, standing 555 feet, 5 inches (169.29 metres) in height and made of marble, granite, and sandstone.

The San Jacinto Monument

The San Jacinto Monument sits atop a base making the total structure taller than the Washington Monument but the monument itself is a little shorter. Also, depending on the source, the Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea is sometimes listed as taller than both.

Posted by Mark (guest) on Wed 17 Jun 2009 05:24:26 PM UTC

The monument was designed by Robert Mills, a prominent American architect of the 1840s.

I was just there on a school trip in January. When we were there it was -9 degrees and since we are from down south, that was freezing. I miss DC!

Posted by Guest on Sun 26 Apr 2009 03:26:23 PM UTC

The Washington Monument is the world's tallest masonry structure, standing 555 feet, 5 inches (169.29 metres) in height and made of marble, granite, and sandstone.

Yeah, the Anaconda Smelter Stack in Montana is WAY bigger, the washington monument could fit inside easily..

Posted by Bob (guest) on Sun 15 Feb 2009 11:37:46 PM UTC

View of Mellon Auditorium taken from the observation floor of the Washington Monument.

This is the location of the Green Inaugural Ball.

Posted by Luke Wilbur on Sun 28 Dec 2008 04:58:59 AM UTC

The Washington Monument is the world's tallest masonry structure, standing 555 feet, 5 inches (169.29 metres) in height and made of marble, granite, and sandstone.

Not the Tallest at all....

The Anaconda Smelter Stack is the Tallest Free Standing Masonry Structure in the World. The Washington Monument would fit inside......

Posted by KMack (guest) on Sun 06 Jul 2008 07:16:15 PM UTC

The Washington Monument is the world's tallest masonry structure, standing 555 feet, 5 inches (169.29 metres) in height and made of marble, granite, and sandstone.

I thought that The San Jacinto Monument was the tallest. From Michele in Texas.

Posted by Guest on Tue 24 Jun 2008 03:23:11 AM UTC

East view of the United States Capitol Building

AMAZING :)

Wow this picture is Amazing i have never been here but boy i sure would like to take this picture my self and share the experience with my family:) Does anyone else feel this way?

Posted by Jenefer (guest) on Tue 03 Jun 2008 03:28:44 AM UTC

Tourist from New York wait for the elevator to the top viewing gallery of the monument.

Cool!

Posted by jack (guest) on Sat 26 Apr 2008 05:58:08 PM UTC

Statue of George Washington.

Awesome!!!

Posted by bob (guest) on Sat 26 Apr 2008 05:57:18 PM UTC

Pyramidion at top of the obelisk weighs 172 tons.

Pyramidion

The monument has a pyramid shaped roof called the Pyramidion. The Pyramidion is made of 13 layers of stones. The 12 bottom layers are of equal thickness. The 13th stone is at the apex and is a small solid stone pyramidion. The 13 layers represent the 13 states.
On the very top of the monument and on top of the small solid stone pyramidion, which is the 13th layer, is a 9" aluminum cap.
In total, the Pyramidion is 55 feet tall. It serves as a roof.
The hollow shaft of the monument, which is beneath the Pyramidion, is 500 feet and 1/8 inch tall.
People have used the word Pyramidion for the entire monument, which is more accurately described as an obelisk with a Pyramidion (a pyramid shaped) roof.
The monument is an architectural statement by Forefathers that the government of the United States was created as an act of divine providence and that George Washington was a man of destiny.

Posted by Derrell (guest) on Sat 29 Mar 2008 04:39:34 AM UTC

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