Located on the other side of the Tidal Basin, away from most of the other monuments, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a national memorial dedicated to the 3rd President.
In addition to being President, he would write the Declaration of Independence, serve as the 1st secretary of state under George Washington, as well as vice-president under John Adams. Plus help enlarge the country more with the Louisiana Purchase, and much more. Quite the resume, so it should be really no surprise that a memorial was built for Jefferson.
The memorial itself, was completed in 1943, and built similar to the Pantheon in Rome. In the center, is the huge bronze statue of Jefferson, which is 19-feet tall. On the walls, there are quotes on the wall. One of them is an except from the Declaration of Independence. Another being from the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, from 1777, which would later pave the way for the freedom of religion in the 1st Amendment.
Above the entrance of the Tidal Basin side, is a sculpture that shows Jefferson with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. These were the Founding Fathers who helped draft the Declaration of Independence.
The memorial is open 24 hours, so you can visit anytime. I would recommend a visit in the early morning hours, a short time after sunrise, when you basically have the place all to yourself.
There is a small museum and gift shop located below it, but from what it seems, it's not really a must-see. But regardless, visiting the Jefferson Memorial is a must, even if it is a short one. And quite a distance, being on the other side of Tidal Basin.
It can reached by the Red Line of the DC Circulator, which drops you off on the back side of the memorial.
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