Jan 23, 2012

Photo Essay : Monuments Trail in Washington DC

From my own experience of the United States of America, the history chapters from high school and little east coast travel, I can say USA has a very short history compared to Asia or Europe. Yet, the huge country has put in a huger effort in documenting and monumenting their history for the generations to come. If there is one city that can boast of tons of this, it is Washington DC, a city-state. The monuments/ memorials trail is long, though walkable and very exhaustive. Managed to cover a few that appealed to my history lesson remainders.

Washington Monument
Tall pointed structure of 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches
There are 3 colors of stones that make Washington Monument. Best part is observing the colors change with sunset.

Lincoln Memorial
Abraham Lincoln, the first guy to abolish slavery

Lincoln fought for colored people not to be treated as slaves

World War II Memorial


Names of all states during World War II are on each of the arches
 Philippines is also in the US territory list as of World War II days.

Columbus Memorial
Columbus, the guy who discovered America
Columbus fountain around the monument is a sight to see during summer. Ofcourse, water freezes in Winter and fountain is not operational.
Life sized bell next to Columbus Memorial
 Jefferson Memorial missed out :(

Martin Luther King Memorial 
With all the preparation for MLK day, and Obama scheduled to give a speech on MLK, the memorial was bustling with people.
MLK fought for the racial equality in USA.

United States Courthouse
Pantheon styles structure is the US courthouse
Capitol Hill
Definitely one of the biggest attractions of DC. It is the equivalent of India's Parliament house. About the hill part, you might be lucky to see a ten feet high slope on top of which the Capitol is built. So, it is a rised structure.
The boulevard in front leads all the way to Lincoln Memorial where Lincoln can see the Capitol 

9 comments:

  1. loved all your pictures and synopsis. I loved living in Washington DC in my younger days- lived right around the corner from the Capitol Building- and would walk past the Court House many a time.

    It is true what you said about a short history- but they have done well in their documentation of this short time period.

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    1. @Anjuli: You lived in DC? wow. You know we actually got lost along the trail and walked around some residential area behind the Capitol Hill. Probably your old neighborhood :)

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    1. thanks. where have you been lately?

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  3. You are right Washington DC has tons of history and mystery as well... Loved the post ... brought back the memories of my trip to DC couple of years back ....

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