Many visitors overlook the attractive, stately Thomas Jefferson Memorial; in fact it receives less than half of the visitors seen at the Lincoln Memorial. Despite being adjacent to the National Mall – just across the lovely Tidal Basin – its comparative separation deters many tourists.
Do not let it deter you, however, as the astounding design and relatively tranquil setting are worth the trip around the basin.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is an open-air, circular, domed, 165-foot wide structure supported by a total of 54 columns. It is augmented at its main entrance by a 102-foot wide, triangular portico. While both neo-classical and charming, the design is also very similar to the Rotunda at the University of Virginia – a building designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. There may be no better method of tribute than allowing President Jefferson to indirectly design his own monument.