Washington- places of interests
Places of interest
The most important buildings of the USA are situated in this city. First, there is the White House – the official residence of the American President. The first President to occupy this building was the second President John Adams in 1800.
The second most important building is the Capitol – the seat of Congress. The Capitol consists of the Senate Wing and the House of Representatives Wing. No building can be higher than the Capitol; that’s why there are no skyscrapers.
We can see many monuments here to commemorate the outstanding US Presidents. For example the Washington Monument – the white marble obelisk stands as the symbol of both the man and the city whose name it bears. It is the tallest in the world and it is in the middle of the Mall. The Mall is a long park area that starts at the Capitol and stretches for 2 miles to the west, ending at the Washington Monument. The Jefferson Memorial is the 20th century adaptation of the ancient Roman Pantheon. This monument is dominated by a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson holding the Declaration of Independence. The Lincoln Memorial was built in the classic style of a Greek temple. There are 36 columns because 36 states existed when Lincoln died. There is a majestic white statue of Abraham Lincoln seated on a chair.
Some other sights worth seeing are the Library of Congress, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – a black wall with the names of people killed or missing in the Vietnam War. The Arlington National Cemetery was first used during the civil war. It is known as the place where President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy, are buried.
In Washington we can also find the headquarters of the FBI.
Washington is a place of culture and education. It has many universities such as Georgetown University, Howard University and George Washington University.
There are also many museums concentrated on the east Mall. Washington is world famous for its parks and green areas.