The Washington Monument pays tribute to the first president of the U.S., George Washington. The monument is the most prominent and one of the older attractions in the D.C. area. The monument is designed like an Egyptian obelisk, 555â€™ 5/8 high, and averages a vista of 30 to 40 miles perfectly clear weather conditions. It was completed on December 6, 1884.
The actual building of the memorial commenced in 1848 but was not finished until 1884, nearly 30 years following the architect's death. This suspension in production was due to a lack of money and the interruption of the U.S. Civil War. A variation shading of the marble, visible about 150 feet up, distinctly denotes the initial construction from its revival in 1876.
The completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world's tallest building, a title it got from the Cologne Cathedral and held until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was finished in Paris, France.
The monument reflection can be seen in the Refecting Pool, a rectangular pool along the west side towards the Lincoln Memorial.
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Washington D.C. has a moderate climate representative of the Mid-Atlantic United States, with four separate seasons. Summer is very hot and humid with highs in July and August in the 80's to 90's. Because of the humidity there can be many thunderstorms, some with tornadoes. Spring and fall are very pleasant with low humidity and temperatures in the 60's to 70's. Many trees and bushes are in bloom, most notably the cherry blossoms. Winter can feature cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain and sometimes sizable snowstorms. Average highs are in the low 40's and lows in the mid 20's from mid-December to mid-February. The temperature can occasionally drop into the teens.