This remarkable memorial, situated below at the west side of the Capitol and in front of a reflecting pool, marks the eastern end of the National Mall. It portrays Civil War Union General and 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant. Reputedly one of the largest equestrian monuments in the world, the 10,700-lb. (4,853 kg) bronze statue is 17’-2” (5.23 m) high and stands on a 22’-6” (6.86 m) high marble pedestal on a marble plinth. Two bronze reliefs of infantry groups are on the pedestal’s south and north faces. Four bronze statues of lions in repose surround the main pedestal opposite its four corners. Although striking from nearly any angle in any season, this entire ensemble is probably most photogenic during spring or autumn when looking eastwards at the Capitol. Be certain to bring a camera!
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