By John Steele Gordon
Conceived quickly after the yank Revolution ended, the nice monument to George Washington used to be now not eventually accomplished till nearly a century later; the good obelisk used to be complete in 1884, and continues to be the tallest stone constitution on the planet at 555 toes. the tale at the back of its development is a mostly untold and fascinating piece of yankee heritage, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colourful saga of the traditional obelisks of Egypt.
Nobody is aware what number obelisks have been crafted in historical Egypt, or perhaps precisely how they have been created and erected on the grounds that they're produced from difficult granite and few recognized instruments of the time have been robust adequate to paintings granite. quite often positioned in pairs on the entrances to temples, they've got nowa days been ingeniously transported world wide to Istanbul, Paris, London, big apple, and lots of different destinations. Their tales light up that of the Washington Monument, once more open to the general public following earthquake harm, and supply a brand new appreciation for possibly the main iconic memorial within the nation.
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Washington's Monument: And the Fascinating History of the Obelisk by John Steele Gordon