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10 most famous monuments in the United States

While some monuments in the United States are causing fierce controversy - ForumDaily wrote about how protesters in the USA initiate a “monument fall” - we decided to recall the most iconic of them. Smarter Travel recalls 10 iconic monuments in the United States.

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1. Gateway Arch, St. Louis

The iconic St. Louis Arch, called the "Gateway to the West," rises 630 feet (192 meters). This monument is taller than the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty - in Gateway Arch National Park. If you're not afraid of heights, you can take a lift to the top of the arch with views of up to 30 miles (almost 50 km) on a clear day and a bird's eye view of the Mississippi River and St. Louis.

2. Statue of Liberty, New York (Statue Of Liberty)

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The Statue of Liberty, the official National Monument, was erected in 1886 to mark the end of the Civil War in the United States and the abolition of slavery (broken shackles lie at the feet of the statue). But for millions of immigrants arriving in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, the statue also symbolized hope and new beginnings in America. The statue of Liberty, huge and hospitable, located above the immigrant processing station on Ellis Island, has become a symbol of US immigration. In 1903, on the memorial plaque at the base of the statue, the poem by Emma Lazarus “The New Colossus” was engraved, which contains the famous lines: “And give me from the depths of my bottomless outcasts, people who have been clogged, send me outcasts, homeless, I will give them a candle at the door gold!"".

3. Washington Monument, Washington DC

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Washington, D.C. is filled with important monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial (just to name a few!). But the obelisk-shaped Washington Monument, which the U.S. National Park Service calls "the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C.," is the most iconic. Built in 1884 in memory of George Washington, the monument stands more than 555 feet (170 meters) tall and offers views more than 30 miles (50 km) away.

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4. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota (Mount Rushmore)

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Three million people travel annually to Black Hills, South Dakota, to see the huge monuments of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. 400 workers took 14 years to complete in granite about 60 feet (18 meters) high. Along with contemplating an amazing mountain sculpture, visitors to Mount Rushmore can put on hiking boots and go climbing and wildlife watching (there are more than 200 mountain goats in the area) in the surrounding Black Hills.

5. Sculpture 'Cloud Gate', Chicago ('Cloud Gate' Sculpture)

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The reflective sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park is the newest monument on this list. Soon after its creation in 2004, the bean-shaped stainless steel sculpture that reflects the city's skyline became a Chicago icon. According to Budget Travel, Cloud Gate is the "glittering centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza amusement park in Millennium Park" and one of the most photographed places on earth.

6. Monument on Bunker Hill, Boston (Bunker Hill Monument)

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Like the Washington Monument, the Bunker Hill Monument is an obelisk skyscraper, although at 221 feet (67 meters) it is less than half the height of its capital city rival. The monument marks the site where the American Revolution began in 1775. The Battle of Bunker Hill in Charlestown (Boston area) was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The museum opposite the monument displays artifacts from the battle, such as an authentic cannonball and other Revolutionary War weapons. To get a complete sense of American history while in Boston, walk the two-and-a-half mile Freedom Trail, which includes 16 historically significant landmarks, including the Bunker Hill Monument.

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7. US Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington (United States Marine Corps War Memorial)

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One of the most famous images of World War II is marked in bronze on George Washington Memorial Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. The US Marine Corps War Memorial, built in honor of those killed in the service of the Marines, was modeled on the famous photograph taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima on the volcanic islands of Japan. The statue depicts a group of marines raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi, and on the basis of the memorial, the inscription: "Extraordinary valor was a common virtue." Visit it on Tuesday in the summer and find yourself at the hourly parade at sunset.

8. Liberty Bell, Liberty Bell

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The Liberty Bell is a national symbol of freedom, as well as a symbol of Philadelphia, its hometown. The bell initially rang outside the Pennsylvania government building before it cracked deep in the early 19th century. When the inscription on the bell “Proclaim freedom throughout the Earth for all its inhabitants” caught the attention of abolitionists in the 1830s, the instrument was turned into an icon of freedom for slaves. After the Civil War, Liberty Bell spent several decades traveling around the country before arriving in Philadelphia.

9. USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor

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The USS Arizona Memorial, a national monument, sits on the stretch of water where the ship sank at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu. The memorial honors those who died in the attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, “a day that will go down in history as a symbol of infamy,” Franklin D. Roosevelt said. One of the unique features of the memorial is that it is where volunteers who survived the attack share their stories with the public.

10. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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A bridge may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of monuments, but the Golden Gate Bridge is not only a functional road, but also a beautiful, iconic structure. The orange Art Deco suspension bridge had the longest span in the world when it was completed in 1937. Although the bridge is no longer the longest in the world, it is still a monument to American innovation. The American Society of Civil Engineers considers it one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

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