When was first opened to the public in 1888, the monument stood 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches tall, had 50 flights of steps, and weighed more than 81,000 tons. It was the world's highest man-made building until it was surpassed in 1889 by the Eiffel Tower. The current height of the Washington Monument is 471 feet and 3 inches (136 m). It has 54 flights of steps and weighs about 216,000 pounds (100,000 kg). One flight is equal to 15.5 feet (4.7 m) or one step lower.
The number of steps has varied over time. When the monument first opened, it had 56 steps. This was reduced to 50 in 1892 when a ladder was placed against the wall of the pedestal for people to reach the top. In 1896, another 10 steps were removed because they were found to be worn down to nothing. These new steps were made of marble and were set into the base of the column on which the statue stands. They are 14 inches (35 cm) wide. In 2002, another seven steps were added to the south side of the monument to make it equal with the north side where there are now 47 steps total.
The weight of the monument is such that it requires a lot of support behind the scenes to keep it upright.
When it was dedicated, the Monument was the highest structure in the world. The Washington Monument reached 555 feet 5 inches tall when it was dedicated. The Cologne Cathedral was formerly the highest man-made edifice in the world. The Monument was quickly eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower. Today, it is still one of the tallest free-standing monuments in the world.
Another interesting fact about the Washington Monument is that it was built as a tribute to our first president, George Washington. Although he did not live to see it completed, his descendants donated money for its construction.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk, which is a tall, thin tower used for showing signs of religion or culture. There are many other famous obelisks in history including the Egyptian pyramids and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Washington Monument is made of white marble from Pennsylvania. The total cost of the monument was $25 million dollars back then! Today, that amount would be equal to almost $200 million dollars. But even though it was a lot of money back then, it wasn't very much compared to what we spend on television shows and movies today.
In conclusion, the Washington Monument is important because it is a tribute to our first president. It also reminds us every day how far technology has come since it was built over 100 years ago.
The Eiffel Tower towers over the Statue of Liberty. The Eiffel Tower is today 1,063 feet tall, yet it was only 1,024 feet when it was erected. It's taller than most people think.
And even though it's not the highest statue in America, you shouldn't sleep under its bib overalls. The Statue of Liberty is more than 100 feet high.
But if you compare them based on their domes, the Eiffel Tower is only 4 inches smaller at 463 feet. And since the Statue of Liberty has a wider base, we'll give her the edge.
However, the Eiffel Tower is much thicker at 17 feet, while the Statue of Liberty's thickest point is only 7 feet. So, based on thickness, the Statue of Liberty wins this one.
Now, they both have an equal number of stories - seven. But the Eiffel Tower is made up of iron girders while the Statue of Liberty is made of copper and steel. So, based on material, the Eiffel Tower loses.
In conclusion, the Eiffel Tower is four inches shorter and one story thinner than the Statue of Liberty.
The Eiffel Tower towers over the monument by 508 feet. The entrance fee to the tower is EUR4, whilst the memorial is free. The tower took two years to construct, while the memorial took three. The Eiffel Tower may be found in Paris, France, and the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. They are both famous landmarks that stand 413 feet and 456 feet respectively.
The Eiffel Tower is the most popular tourist attraction in Paris and the seventh most visited international site. It was built for the 1889 World's Fair but has since become an iconic fixture of Parisian life. The base of the monument is made of iron and stone; the upper part is made of glass and steel. In addition to its typical use as a lookout point, the Eiffel Tower also houses an elevator that takes visitors to the top of the structure for a view over Paris.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk located in Washington, D.C. It was built between 1848 and 1854 by the United States to honor their first president, George Washington. The monument stands 448 feet high and is the world's third-highest statue after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Big Ben clock tower in London. The Washington Monument is the oldest standing monument in the city and one of the most recognizable symbols of Washington, D.C.
The Monument grounds include several other monuments and markers that are open for viewing by tourists.
The world's tallest building when finished in 1884--decades after work began in 1848--the monument to honor President George Washington is made up of two distinct types of marble: granite and bluestone gneiss. The obelisk is approximately 555 feet long and runs along the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is one of the national monuments that make up the Smithsonian Institution.
The monument was designed by French architect HIPPOLYTE BUGEAUD with American Benjamin Henry Latrobe acting as his chief engineer. Work on the monument started in 1847 and it was completed in 1884, just four years before Latrobe died. The total cost of the project was $150,000 (about $1.5 million in today's dollars).
The base of the monument is made of Pennsylvania blue-gray granite and measures about 40 feet wide by 60 feet long. The obelisk itself is also made of granite but has a hollow core through which pipes carrying water to the top were inserted. The pipes were intended to provide air for the protection of the grass inside the shaft and were removed when the monument was closed in 1890.
The entire structure is supported by a large stone platform that wraps around the base and ends in a point at the top of the obelisk. This points toward the Capitol buildingsome distance away and serves to anchor the monument permanently into the ground.
There are two elevators. The Eiffel Tower stands 108 floors tall and has 1,710 stairs. Visitors, however, may only access the first platform by steps. One carries visitors to the second platform while the other carries them back down to ground level.
The elevator on the second platform is the only way to reach the top of the tower. In fact, there is no alternative route up the Eiffel Tower. If you try to climb it, you will be arrested for trespassing.
The elevator takes about three minutes to travel from bottom to top. On your way up you will pass various information panels providing facts about the construction of the tower and its designers, Antonin and Eugène-Louis Eiffel.
You can also take a lift to the third floor where you can enjoy a good view over Paris. From here you can see the River Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and more.
You must wear shoes when going up in the elevator, but you can leave your bag at the bottom. However, if it contains anything that could be used as a weapon or to harm others, such as a knife or gun, you will not be allowed up with it.