TIL The Washington Monument build was halted due to a few reasons, including the civil war. This moment in history is still visible today by the different shading of marble used in the actual build.

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The two tones are *actually* because when it’s not erect the top part is covered by a fold of skin


I’m completely used to it so I guess I never noticed, but a giant hollow Egyptian style stone obelisk. It just seems an odd choice.


On the day it was completed, it was also the tallest building in the world.