George Washington Memorial Masonic Temple


Completed in 1923, the George Washington Memorial Masonic Temple was designed in the style of the lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt. It is Alexandria’s most prominent landmark.

The Memorial houses artifacts and papers of George Washington, as well as serving as a meeting place for local Freemasons. There are some spectacular rooms inside and the best view of Alexandria from the very top of the structure, all of which can be seen on the free daily tours.

9 Responses to George Washington Memorial Masonic Temple

  1. Olivier says:

    Ce monument est superbe.

  2. Kate says:

    Hmm. Lighthouse? I love the building’s architecture, but from someone who grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, it’s a bit of a stretch. Perhaps it’s because of its mass. The sky is wonderful; reminds me of a New Mexico sky, which is always spectacular. Good info, Marie. Have a good weei!

  3. Kate says:

    Should be “a good week” but you probably figured that out!!

  4. passante says:

    Kate — You can see what the ancient Pharos at Alexandria (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) after which the Masonic temple is built here. It’s not like the lighthouses we’re used to now.

  5. luggi-foeger says:

    Wow. Quite a building.

  6. Curly says:

    That sure is a very handsome building Marie

  7. Helen says:

    Awesome shot!

  8. mariemcc says:

    Merci, Olivier!

    Kate, it’s modeled after a very ancient lighthouse, not, as Passante mentioned, like the ones of today. The sky is the very reason I haven’t posted a photo of this building until now! More often than not, skies here are overcast and gray. It’s been months since we had blue skies like this.

    Passante, thanks so much for that link! Great image of the original lighthouse on there.

    Luggi, you should see the view from the top!

    Curly, it’s kind of Alexandria’s Eiffel Tower! 🙂

    Helen, thank you!

  9. Tomas Garcia says:

    This is one of my favorite places here in Northern Virginia.

    Is has an interesting slanted elevator.

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