Posted by Caroline Smith on September 18, 2003 at 07:00:34:
In Reply to: Re: Washington Monument - Why? posted by Jonathon on June 30, 2000 at 09:33:35:
The Washington monument, is actually the world's larges obleisk. Italian sculpter Bernini was proficient at these sculptures. Bernini was a prominent Mason. What does this have to do with Washington, one might ask?! Washington was one of the foremost Masons (or Freemason's) in the United States at that time. Generally, mason architecture is decorated with elaborate carvings and images depicting rather pagan images. However, I'm sure Mills didn't want pagan symbols represented on a rather christian union. The "blankness" of the monument might also represent a purity in Washington himself. Hope I was some help.
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