The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first American president.
The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5 1⁄8 inches. Taller monumental columns exist, but they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.
The monument stands due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial. The monument was damaged during the Virginia earthquake of August 23, 2011 and Hurricane Irene in the same year; it remained closed to the public while the structure was assessed and repaired. The National Park Service estimated the monument would be closed until 2014. It is now fully repaired and restored. Here we see the monument through the Cherry Blossom trees.
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