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Washington DC

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Washington DCCapital of the United States and a center of international influence, the city has numerous museums, administrative buildings and prestigious historic monuments. It was a French engineer Pierre l'Enfant, who designed the city in 1791, getting his inspiration from European cities like Versailles.

Today, no skyscrapers alter the scenery of the capital, embellished with thousand of trees planted at the beginning of the 20th century. Its' points of interests are situated in the Mall, the oldest federal park of the country.

Washington D.C. from A to Z

** Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

- Asian art collection with an important exhibition of jade.

Washington DC*** Capitol Hill

- Headquarters of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Sightseeing: *Library of Congress, the biggest library in the world with 90 million books and home to the Supreme Court.

** Corcoran Gallery of Art

- Beautiful exhibition of European and American art.

** Ford's Theatre

- Theater that opened in 1863 and the place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated © Freer Galleryopened in 1865. Performances are still given there. The box occupied by Lincoln is kept in the same state as in was when he was assassinated.

** Freer Gallery

- Magnificent collection of Asian art.

** Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

- Cylindrical building. European and American modern art collection. Sculptures signed by Rodin are exhibited in the garden.

Washington DC** Lincoln Memorial

- Designed like the Parthenon in Athens. Inside the building there is an impressive statue of a sitting Abraham Lincoln. On the walls are engraved his most famous speeches.

Washington DC*** National Air and Space Museum

- One of the most popular museums that presents the history of civil and military aviation dating from the period of the pioneers to the exploration of space. The Albert Einstein planetarium projects on a giant 5 stories high screen the marvels of the universe.

Washington DC*** National Gallery of Art

- Presents one of the most beautiful collections of paintings, sculptures and graphic arts in the world, from the Middle Ages to modern times. It is made up of among other things, masterpieces by Leonard de Vinci, Titian, van Eyck, Vermeer, El Greco, Matisse, Picasso and Miro.

*** National Holocaust Memorial Museum

- Opened in1993 and funded mainly by private funds, it is dedicated to the history of the extermination of the European Jews, during the second world war, by the Nazi regime. The visit starts by entering a train wagon in which milions of Jews were transported to the extermination camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka.

** National Museum of African Art

- Dedicated to southern Sahara African art.

** National Museum of American History

- Dedicated to the history of the USA.

** National Museum of Natural History

- Museum of natural history.

** National Museum of Women in the Arts

- Museum exclusively dedicated to works of art by women, from the 16th century to present times.

** National Portrait Gallery

- Beautiful collection of Washington DCAmerican celebrities.

** Phillips Collection

- A very beautiful collection of masterpieces by renown artists like Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Klee, El Greco, Cézanne, Bonnard, Mondrian and other artists.

Washington DC* Smithsonian Institution Building "The Castle"

- The institution regroups16 museums surrounded by the Mall and the Washington Zoo. The castle, built in 1855 is home to the offices of the institution and the touristic information center.

 © Photograph Tom Dewey** Vietnam Veterans Memorial

- This simple yet majestic memorial is dedicated to the veterans of the Vietnam War. It was designed by a young student in architecture aged 21, Maya Ying Li. On one of the 150 meters long marble walls are engraved the names of the 58,156 Americans that died or disappeared during this war. An exposition that travels throughout the country since 17 years shows a replica of the wall on a scale of 1/2; "The Moving Wall".

*** Washington Monument

- Marble obelisk dedicated to George Washington, the father of the American nation. An elevator takes the visitors to an Washington DCobservation platform.

*** White House

- The official residence of the President of the United States.

Washington D.C. Surroundings from A to Z

** Alexandria

- Bridge founded by the Scottish merchants of the 18th century and several old buildings.

© Arlington*** Arlington

- This is the national cemetery of the United States. Are buried here Americans and most particularly military men that served their country in an outstanding manner. The information center presents an exposition on the history of the cemetery. * Graves of president John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline and his brother Robert. * Magnificent sceneries of the city of Washington can be viewed at the Robert E. Lee Memorial. * Change of the guard in front of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

** Georgetown

- Very nice town founded in 1751, to visit during the day or evening.

** Mont Vermont

- Very beautiful holiday residence of George Washington a 19 room house built in a Gregorian architectural style. The library and the office assemble objects that belonged to the first president of the United States.

** Newseum

- Museum dedicated to the media. The visitors are welcomed to play reporters, look at news telecasted from around the world and consult the first pages of 70 national and foreign newspapers.

* Pentagon

- Famous five sided building home to the department of defense center and the Armed Forces.

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