There have been so many monuments that I have longed to see, and when I eventually got there, I was not disappointed. I’ve seen the inscrutable Great Sphinx of Giza, gazing out across the desert.
I’ve perused assorted pyramids standing proud under Cairo’s relentless sun.
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched atop the peak of Corcovada in the pouring rain, was a very moving sight.
However, the monument which really blew my socks off, was none other than the humongous memorial to presidents George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. As we drove out of Keystone and headed up towards Mount Rushmore National Memorial, I didn’t know quite what to expect, but coming round the bend at the top of the hill, suddenly there it was in all it’s amazing glory. Absolutely breathtakingly stunning!
Of course once we’d parked and walked up to view this amazing sculpture, I was even more bowled over by its enormity, the lifelike features, and the fact that the eyes seemed to be looking straight at me.
For me, this was the monument which surpassed every other I’d seen, hands down. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres, and the sculptures are 60 foot high. Here is a view from the side, showing the back of the memorial.
It’s very easy to get a bit blasé about monuments we’ve seen, and I know I’m guilty of this, but my first sight of Mount Rushmore is something I will never forget.
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