George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Among the more striking historical landmarks in Alexandria—a city blessed with more than a few—the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is an absolute must-see.
Finished in 1932, the hilltop 333-foot-tall tower evokes in form and style one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. It was built to honor our nation’s first president, who also happened to be a dedicated Freemason. He joined the Masonic Lodge as a 20-year-old in 1752 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
An Architectural Wonder
Inside, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial features arresting Classical-style architecture, a pair of monumental murals portraying Washington as general and president, and a massive statue of the great man.
The tower also includes museum exhibits, a theater, the exquisite Replica Lodge Room of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, a chapel, and a ninth-floor observation deck serving up an unforgettable panorama encompassing Alexandria, Washington, D.C., and the mighty Potomac.
Multiple hour-long guided tours are offered at this National Historic Landmark seven days a week (excluding major holidays).
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