Washington, D.C. - July 9, 2005 -- The Washington Monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, DC.   It was built between 1848 and 1884 in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The monument is modeled after an Egyptian obelisk.  It stands 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches (169.29 meters) tall.  At the very top of the pyramidion of the obelisk is an aluminum capstone that weighs 100 ounces.  It was placed there on December 6, 1884. Engraved on its four sides is the official record of the construction of the monument. The west face read: "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"; and the east face read "LAUS DEO." The north and south faces contained names of the commission and the key men in the work of completion. Although weatherbeaten, the inscription is still visible..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP
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Washington Monument
Washington, D.C. - July 9, 2005 -- The Washington Monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, DC. It was built between 1848 and 1884 in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The monument is modeled after an Egyptian obelisk. It stands 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches (169.29 meters) tall. At the very top of the pyramidion of the obelisk is an aluminum capstone that weighs 100 ounces. It was placed there on December 6, 1884. Engraved on its four sides is the official record of the construction of the monument. The west face read: "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"; and the east face read "LAUS DEO." The north and south faces contained names of the commission and the key men in the work of completion. Although weatherbeaten, the inscription is still visible..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 9 Jul 2005
Location: Washington District of Columbia United States of America
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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