US Capitol – The White House – Jefferson Memorial – Lincoln Memorial – Washington DC Overview

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After a whole morning at the museums in Washington DC, I started to visit the city. My first stop was at the US Capitol, where I saw an interview to a republican senator. Quite a spectacle. Washington has a set of linear parks called National Mall who connect the most important places. Almost a mile away from the Capitol is the Washington Monument, an obelisk who looks like the one in Buenos Aires. It is also a few blocks away from the White House. Once planned to be demolished in the past, the true value of the White House stays within the importance of the popular imagination and the heart of the image of the US in the world. What it really looks magnificent is the Eisenhower Office Building, just in front of the White House, a huge building with a weird and unexpected strong french influence. I must say that it was a surprise. In front of the White house also is the headquarters of the IMF and the World Bank, looking like brutalist and International Style bunkers. I then went to the gorgeous Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, with their greco-roman style. Both statues are worth the trip to Washington. There’s something on them that can’t be explained.

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If I return to Washington, I’d rent a bicycle. The distance between the things to see are quite large and just the individual trips may take a lot of time. Unlike Boston or New York, there’s only a very-few things to see between the major attractions. I remember that, in the afternoon, after the school groups left the city, I saw a lot of people running and making exercise in the parks. Earlier that day, I couldn’t see that because of the massive amount of people, and I liked it a lot. Like a metaphor of the US culture and history, and just like the contrast of the concept that Wall Street represents in front of that of the Statue of Liberty in NYC, in that particular moment the US Capitol was looking at me on one side while the Lincoln statue, with the spiritual calm that only noble ideals can give, was looking at me on the other side. The main pillars of the US culture trough the history. That’s the beauty of the architecture and the urbanism: it’s a raw demonstration of the culture who makes them. A piece of the history who can live forever for the next generations.

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