Another stop on our recent Washington trip, that was inspired by Dan Brown's the Lost Symbol, was the George Washington Masonic memorial. The temple was built in the 1920's and is located in Alexandria where we were staying. It provided an interesting look into how the Masons expanded from Europe to North America and the involvment they have had in the construction of the many iconic buildings in North America.
We toured each of the floors in the tower of the Memorial. The first couple provided background(with memorabilia) on George Washington and his evolution from a private citizen to president as well as his involvement with the Masons. The next few provided information on various organizations in or associated with the Masons one of which was the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.
This is the view of Alexandria from the observation level of the tower.
A view of the grounds leading up to the Memorial as taken from the observation level.
In the entry hall of the Memorial is this large bronze statue of George Washington wearing a Masonic apron.
And not at the Memorial but at the Smithsonian, here's another statue of George Washington also referenced in Dan Brown's book. He is sculpted in the image of Zeus:
There was a bit of an uproar when the sculpture was revealed and it was never displayed in the Capitol as intended. If you are interested, here's a bit more info.
More trip highlights to come!