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The Washington Monument in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure, as well as one of the earlier attractions, in Washington, D.C. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555? 5 1/8? tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles. It was finished on December 6, 1884.