Similarities Between Washington And Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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Jefferson Memorial, located in Washington DC is a representative America structure that was dedicated to Thomas Jefferson in 1943. The memorial is measured to be 39.3 high with a dome of 1.2m thick. This architecture is designed by John Russell Pope and incorporated the Jefferson’s’ architectural taste. Highly influenced by the Pantheon in Rome and also architectures from neoclassical period, this dome shaped memorial is famous for the circular marble staircases, a colonnade of ionic columns and a low dome Since it is designed by Jefferson, inside the memorial, it has statues of Jefferson (19 foot) and written work from the Declaration of Independence. This memorial honors Thomas Jefferson, who was the third president of the United States and …show more content…

Here, this can be compared with Maison Carrée, which also has a dedication purpose behind the architecture. While Maison Carrée had been erected to be dedicated to Agrippa’s sons, Gaius Caesar and Lucius Caesar, Jefferson Memorial is built to be dedicated to Thomas Jefferson for his works and contributions he had put into the country. "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man” (letter written by Jefferson on September 23 1800) well portrays the Jefferson’s patriotism towards America, and his refusal of worshipping state religion, which contrasts with the purpose of many roman architectures …show more content…

While the Pantheon has seven Roman god statues, which the Romans worshipped at the time, Jefferson Memorial has the statue of Jefferson, which dominates the memorial. The 19 foot tall statue made of bronze is facing towards the White House. Alongside him, there are writings and inspirational words to show his dedication to his own country and to his people. As this memorial is dedicated solely to Thomas Jefferson, the statue focuses and well portrays the importance of the memorial. The standing image symbolizes the Age of Enlightenment and Jefferson as a great philosopher and leader during his life. This indicates that even though the purpose of dedication is similar in the Pantheon and Jefferson Memorial, the fact that pantheon is dedicated to gods for religious purposes and Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to himself praising his contribution to the country makes it different between two

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