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George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314
Front view of George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a Masonic building and memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. It is dedicated to the memory of George Washington. The tower is fashioned after the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. The Parthenon-inspired portico with its Doric columns forms the primary entrance to the memorial. The Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 Replica Lodge Room duplicates the look of the lodge room at the time Washington presided over the lodge. It contains several items that belonged to Washington as well as historic items (such as furniture) from the Alexandria-Washington Lodge.
The main feature of the second floor is the Memorial Hall, which contains a 17-foot high bronze statue of Washington in Masonic regalia. On the north and south sides of the Memorial Hall are murals by Allyn Cox depicting Washington attending a service at Christ Church, and of Washington (in Masonic garb) laying the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building.
The fifth floor is dedicated to exhibits and symbols important to Royal Arch Masonry. It also contains a replica of the ark of the covenant. Curtains automatically open and close to reveal the replica to visitors. The sixth floor contains the Memorial Library.
The structure is capped by a step pyramid with seven steps. The light fixture atop the pyramid is in the shape of a double keystone, which is of symbolic importance to Freemasons.
The first and second floors are open to all visitors, but visitors are required to be accompanied by a docent when visiting the other floors.
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