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The Washington Monument was designed by architect Robert Mills. Construction was begun in 1848. The monument is an obelisk made of marble, granite, and sandstone. It stands 555 feet 5 1/8 inches (169.294 m) tall. At the time of its completion in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world. It retained this status until the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris in 1889. The monument remains the world’s tallest obelisk and the tallest stone structure in the world. A difference in shading of the marble, visible about 150 feet (46 m) up, shows where construction was halted for a number of years because of funding problems, political disputes, and the American Civil War.
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The fresco on the ceiling of the dome of the rotunda of the United States Capitol is entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. Painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1865, the fresco is suspended 180 feet (55 m) above the rotunda floor and covers an area of 4,664 square feet (433.3 sq m). The figures are up to 15 feet (4.6 m) tall. The scene in the painting depicts George Washington becoming a god. Washington is surrounded by figures from classical mythology. He is draped in purple with a rainbow arch at his feet. The goddess Victory is to his left, the goddess Liberty to his right. Arranged in a circle between Liberty and Victory are 13 maidens representing the original 13 colonies. Those who have their backs turned to Washington are said to represent the colonies that had seceded from the Union at the time of painting. Upside down above Washington the banner reads, E Pluribus Unum, meaning, “Out of Many, One.”
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The National Portrait Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition and study of portraits of people who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.
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