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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial honors Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia statute on religious freedom, founder of the University of Virginia, and third president of the United States. The structure was designed by John Russell Pope, who was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and by the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, designed by Jefferson himself. Construction was completed in 1943. With the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial is one of the four key ‘points’ bounding the National Mall. The white marble 'temple' consists of a circle of Ionic columns supporting a domed roof and fronted with a classical portico. Under the dome stands a 19-ft bronze statue of Jefferson. Four interior panels contain quotes reflecting his political philosophy. A fifth quote inscribed around the base of the dome was taken from a letter written by Jefferson in 1800: ‘For I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.’ The memorial is open 24 hours per day, though rangers and facilities are available only during daytime hours. Admission is free.
The Lincoln Memorial is located in Washington DC and is situated on the National Mall. It was built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is accessible by bus, bicycle, car, taxi or metro. There is no parking at the memorial but metered parking is available nearby. The building is like a Greek Doric temple in design and houses a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. The architect who designed it was Henry Bacon and the sculptor was Daniel Chester French. It was dedicated on May 30, 1922. It is up a flight of stairs then the view is over the reflecting pool to the Washington Monument. The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day. However Rangers are only on duty to answer questions from 9:30am. to 11:30pm every day. There are no admission charges.