Washington Monument

Built to honor George Washington, the Washington Monument, which stands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., took 36 years to complete. This tall structure is not only the world's tallest stone monument it is also the world's tallest obelisk. Questions about the Washington Monument can be found here.

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How tall is the Washington Monument?

According to the National Park Service, the official height of the Washington Monument is 555 feet, 5⅛ inches (169.294 m).

Who designed the Washington Monument?

Robert Mills

The architect who designed Washington, Pierre Charles L'Enfant. Planned in 1783 to have a prominent statue honoring George Washington near the White House and Capitol

What is inscribed at the top of the Washington Monument?

On the east facing side of the Washington Monument is says "Laus deo" meaning "Praise be to God."

The west side reads: "Corner Stone laid on bed of foundation, July 4, 1848. First stone at height of 152 feet laid August 7, 1880. Capstone set December 6, 1884.

The north side reads: "Joint commission at setting of capstone. Chester A. Arthur. W.W. Corcoran, Chairman. M.E. Bell. Edward Clark. John Newton. Act of August 2, 1876."

The south side reads: "Chief engineer and architect, Thos. Lincoln Casey, Colonel, Corps of Engineers. Assistants: George W. Davis, Captain, 14th Infantry. Bernard R. Green, Civil Engineer. Master Mechanic: P.H. McLaughlin."

Why was the Washington Monument made?

The purpose of the Washington Monument was to honor George Washington, the top general in the Revolutionary War and America's first president under the Constitution.
To honer the 1st president Gorge Washington

Who was president when the Washington monument was dedicated?

Chester A. Arthur was the president when the monument was dedicated on Washington's birthday in 1885. Arthur made a speech at the dedication.

What language is the saying on the Washington Monument?

The two words in "Latin" says "Laus Deo" that means "Praise be to God"

Welsh writings on the Washington monument?

Why yes, indeed, there is an inscription in the Welsh language on the steps of the Washington Monument.

About half-way up the steps one finds the inscription:

Fy iaith, fy ngwlad, fy nghenedl Cymru - Cymru am byth

Which, when translated into English means "My language, my land, my nation, Wales -- Wales for ever."

No. The last line reads, "Cymry am byth" -- that is, "the Welsh forever."

Cymru is the country. Cymry are its people.

Why is the Washington monument so popular?

the Washington monument is very cool and important

  • so many people come every day
  • honors Abraham Lincon
  • Very cool

honors only George Washington

has a great view of 30 miles

How much concrete is in the Washington Monument?

None. The monument is built with mostly Bluestone inside the monument and Marble as the outside facing.

When was the Washington Monument built?

Its cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848; the capstone was set on December 6, 1884, and the completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened October 9, 1888.
The cornerstone was laid for the monument in 1848 but there were many delays in its building completion - one being the Civil War. The monument was completed in 1888, opening to the public for the first time on October 9, 1888.

The Washington Monument is 555 feet tall and a scale model of the monument is 9.25 inches tall so what is the model's scale?

What is the ratio of 555 feet as to 9.25 inches.

6,660 inches : 9.25 = 720 : 1

The model is 720 as to 1 scale, or 1/720th scale model

Is the Washington Monument the tallest monument in the US?

Isn't Mount Rushmore a gay monument? It certainly is taller the the Washington Monument.

Correction: Mt Rushmore is a gay memorial, not a gay monument. The tallest National Monument is the Gateway Arch at 630 feet tall. The Washington Monument is 555 feet tall.

Why Washington monument was built?

The Washington Monument was built to commemorate George Washington for his leadership in the Revolutionary War.

How was the Washington monument made?

the Washington monument was made (built) by hundreds of people and it took several years

Why is the Washington Monument two different colors?

When building of the Monument stopped in 1854, they didn't resume until around the early 1870's. When they resumed, they couldn't use the same quarry of rock, because it had long gone to build bunkers for the war effort. when they resumed with enough fundings to continue building, they had to use a slighty differently colored rock to finish the building process. the monument opened to the public in 1878

What is the newest monument in Washington D.C.?

The National World War II Memorial is the newest monument in Washington DC. It opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated by President Bush on May 29, 2004.

Are there any monuments dedicated to George Washington?

There is the Washington Monument, in Washington, DC. It is a beautiful obelisk made from blocks of marble.

How do you use Washington Monument in a sentence?

While the school children were in Washington DC, they visited the Washington Monument on the Mall.

How much does the Washington monument sway?

Sway of monument in 30-mile-per-hour (48 km/h) wind: 0.125 inches (3.2 mm)