Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Washington DC

Some more photos updated.

I am now reading Dan Brown's novel, the Lost symbol and it just turns out that I get a chance to Visit Washington DC, the symbolic buildings made it all the more interesting to read the Novel.

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Washington Memorial is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches & has an area of 16,001 feet. It was designed by Robert Mills & completed in 1884. The Monument is made of Marble, Granite & Sandstone. This is the masonic pyramid referred to in the novel.

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Darth Vader mentioned in the book is located on the back of one of the front towers at National Cathedral in Washington.DSCN4053
The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the US Congress & Senate. Prior to meeting in the Capitol, the US congress & it's predecessors met in Philadelphia . The Capitol covers an area of 16.5 acres & constructed started in 1793. I would like to note down a few facts I read about the Capitol hill that I read about from the "Lost Symbol"
1. Statue of freedom- is a bronze state on top of the Capitol since 1863. The statue depicts a female figure holding a sheathed sword in her right hand and a laurel wreath and shield in her left hand. It height is 19.5 feet tall & 6,000 kg in weight.
2. The Rotunda- It is the central rotunda below the dome. The Rotunda is 96 feet (29 m) in diameter and rises 180 feet 3 inches (54.94 m) to the top. The rotunda was designed to evoke the Pantheon.
3. The Apostheosis of Washington- is a painting on the dome of the Rotunda by Constantino Brumundi. The Painting depicts George Washington becoming a god.

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The White house is the official residence of the President of the United States. The building was designed by James Hoban in 1792.The White House is made up of six stories—the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. Some people say that it is called the White house because white paint was applied to the building to mask the burn marks during the burning of Washington in war of 1812 by the British Army.

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US Department of Commerce building

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US Postal Department

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US Department of Archives

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Newseum - is a Museum of News & Journalism in Pennsylvania. The Museum has 15 theatres & 14 galleries.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, Underneath the museum Rotunda
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, Tryannosaurus Rex in the hall of Paleobiology
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, The Behring Hall of Mammals with a large collection of Vetebrate with lots of stuffed animals.
USA 8Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, The Museum has 46 different specimen of dinosaurs DSCN4855
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall,Hall of Geology & Minerals has over 350,000 mineral & 300,000 rock specimen.
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, Washington DC

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Dulles International Airport - is 26 miles from DC, This is the Airport from where Robert Langdon, the main character of the book " the Lost symbol" landed on his way to the Capitol.

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Streets of DC

5 comments:

  1. Very informative, good pics too.

    ...khrum

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  2. You are so lucky to have this chance of visiting Washington DC! The pictures are breathtaking!

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  3. Arthington cemetery ah ka kala US pasaltha te an chawimawi thiam hle

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  4. thlalak hi i thiam ta riau mai..nawm hmel hle mai a

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