The Washington Monument is an obelisk-shaped monument located in Washington D.C., on the National Mall. It was built to honor George Washington, the first President of the United States and one of the country's founding fathers.
The Washington Monument is made of marble, granite, and sandstone, and stands at 555 feet 5 1/8 inches tall, making it the tallest stone structure and the tallest obelisk in the world.
Construction of the monument began in 1848, but was not completed until 1884 due to funding issues and the Civil War. The monument is a popular tourist destination, and visitors can take an elevator to the top to get a view of the city. The monument was closed for repairs after an earthquake in 2011 and reopened in 2014.
The Washington Monument is an iconic symbol of the United States and a popular spot for tourists to visit. It is also a popular spot for visitors to take photographs, especially at night when it is lit up. The Monument has been a National Park Service site since 1933 and is open to the public from 9am to 5pm, with tickets required for elevator access.