“In great cities,” writes Daniel Libeskind, “the great buildings tell you things you don’t know and remember things which you’ve forgotten.” Learn what Washington’s monumental buildings and sculptures are saying on this walking tour from the White House Visitor Center to the Jefferson Pier Marker. Hear from a local art teacher who’ll shed light on the history and meaning behind the Washington Monument and other imposing structures you’ll see along the way.
Highlights on this tour include seeing:
• A government office designed like an Egyptian temple
• Sculptures of virtuous gods that were meant to model proper behavior
• Grand neoclassical buildings that were once brothels
• A hidden pier designed to serve as the world’s Prime Meridian
This tour also takes you through the National Mall to see the Ellipse Park and the German-American Friendship Garden. Allow about 35 minutes.