Located in Washington, D. C., at the western end of the National Mall, this four-sided stone structure (modeled after a classic Egyptian obelisk) honors the "Father of our Country," General, Founding Father, and the first President of the United States (1789-1797), George Washington.
At just over 555 feet tall, the Washington Monument towers over everything in Washington, D. C. and is one of the tallest masonry structures in the world. Memorial stones from the 50 states, foreign countries, and organizations line the inside walls. Fifty flags surround the base of the Washington Monument and symbolize the 50 states of the Union. If you take the elevator to the pyramid top, windows in the observation room offer views of the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, and the U. S. Capitol.
Located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial lies the Reflecting Pool. This 2000 x 160 foot pool contains 7 million gallons of water. It was modeled after similar pools at Versailles and the Taj Mahal. The design of the pool minimizes wind ripples and sharpens the watery image of the Washington Monument.