The Thomas Jefferson Memorial the foremost memorial to America’s third President. It is located due south of the White House, just across the Tidal Basin from the Washington Monument. Originally designed by architect John Russell Pope and built from 1937 to 1943, the Jefferson Memorial is one of the last major monuments in Washington, D.C. designed in the neoclassical style. The domed structure is modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, and stands proudly in the park between the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River, surrounded by cherry blossom trees which given to the United States by the people of Japan as a gift of friendship in 1912.
- Read Jefferson’s famous words from the Declaration of Independence, Notes on Virginia, the Act of Religious Freedom, and other illustrious documents
- Look up to the grand bronze statue of Jefferson standing in the rotunda
- Walk the grounds of the Memorial and gaze across the calm water of the Tidal Basin to the rest of Washington’s sights
- Catch the cherry blossoms in bloom in early Spring
For more information, visit the official website at www.nps.gov