By James Wasserman

An absolutely illustrated consultant to the Masonic origins and present-day Masonic websites of Washington, D.C.

• presents a jogging travel of the Masonic websites and logos of the city

• Explores the severe position of Freemasonry within the founding of the United States

• through the writer of The Templars and Assassins

In this consultant to the Masonic underpinnings of America’s capital, James Wasserman unearths the esoteric symbols and the non secular and visionary principles that lie hidden within the constructions, monuments, and actual format of Washington, D.C. His jogging travel of those Masonic websites contains either the predicted and unexpected--from the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol construction to the Federal Reserve complicated, nationwide Academy of Sciences, and the Library of Congress. every one position comprises descriptions, interpretations, and reasons of the Masonic symbols and ritualistic meanings hidden inside of its constitution, all illustrated with modern colour and historical black-and-white images.

Wasserman explains the aim in the back of placing those symbols and Masonic designs into the capital and the way these kind of monuments healthy into the non secular imaginative and prescient held through the founding fathers. He unearths the in demand function that Freemasonry performed within the 18th-century Enlightenment move and indicates how within the New international of the United States, freed from monarchy and aristocracy, the information of the Enlightenment have been capable of flourish. This illustrated guidebook to the Masonic secrets and techniques of Washington, D.C., presents helpful insights at the founding of the United States. will probably be welcomed via scholars of esoteric artwork and symbolism, admirers of yankee historical past, and devotees of Dan Brown novels and National Treasure movies.

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Indd 89 89 G 8/15/08 11:27:11 AM G ninety THE CAPITOL sector above. We proceed east up the hill on Independence street, creating a left on SE 1st highway to find the yank Temple of the Enlightenment, the Jefferson development of the Library of Congress. proven here's the west front, its steps worn gentle via these numerous american citizens and others who've wanted human figuring out. The library used to be demonstrated by means of an act of Congress and signed into legislations by means of President John Adams in 1800. while the unique library used to be burned by means of the British within the conflict of 1812, Thomas Jefferson provided to promote his personal books in 1814. He handed alongside 6,487 books that he had accrued over fifty years. the current construction opened its doorways in 1897. this present day it homes greater than 29 million books and fifty eight million manuscripts. contrary. outdoors the doorway to the library alongside the road stands this fountain, a set of statues depicting the courtroom of Neptune, sculpted via Roland Hinton Perry in 1897. This mythic tribute to the King of the subconscious and Lord of the Gateway to the mystical realm is a daring demonstration of the creative get together of America’s mythic team spirit with antiquity. 3-DC-Walking Tour-noborders. indd ninety 8/15/08 11:27:12 AM THE CAPITOL sector 3-DC-Walking Tour-noborders. indd ninety one ninety one G 8/15/08 11:27:14 AM 92 THE CAPITOL quarter Library of Congress G 3-DC-Walking Tour-noborders. indd ninety two 8/15/08 11:27:15 AM THE CAPITOL sector ninety three G There are 3 major doorways on the west front of the Library of Congress, now used for specified occasions. (During your stopover at to the library you’ll notice the normal front is obviously marked at floor point. ) Pictured listed here are information of the rightmost door of Writing. The doorways at the left represent culture, whereas these within the middle signify technological know-how. (For reference, please observe picture on web page ninety. ) above. Writing doorways in bronze via Olin L. Warner and Herbert Adams, ca. 1895. The determine at left holds the replicate of mirrored image and the Serpent of knowledge. The determine at correct, the Torch of Illumination and Vine of Creativity. (Photo by way of Carol M. Highsmith. ) contrary above. paintings spandrels via Bela Lyon Pratt, ca. 1895, show a dreamy caliber. The sculptress at left is operating on a bust of Dante. She and her significant other, the painter at the correct, exude a feeling of undying ease and creativity. contrary under. Bronze tympanum via Olin L. Warner, ca. 1895, can be titled Writing. the scholars contain an Egyptian, a Jew, a Greek, and a Christian, all seated on the ft of a veiled instructor. those figures depict the 4 such a lot literate Western cultures. 3-DC-Walking Tour-noborders. indd ninety three 8/15/08 11:27:16 AM G ninety four THE CAPITOL region above. Busts of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington on contrary facets of the nice corridor have been copied from the works of sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828). (Both photographs through Carol M. Highsmith. ) left. James Madison, the daddy of the structure and fourth president of the U.S., within the Madison development of the Library of Congress, a block south of the Jefferson construction.

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