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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:58 AM   #1
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The Most Powerful City on the Face of the Earth

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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:55 AM   #2
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I guess it depends on how you define power...
However, those are some beautiful structures. It's interesting how classical themes are often used in the design of governmental buildings.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 09:25 AM   #3
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Great pics. Brings back the best of memories. I'd love to visit again.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #4
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Great pics.. I don't think everyone realizes what a beautiful city Washington is.. thanks for showing us these!
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #5
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Great pics! You showed off DC really well!
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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #6
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Good to see the evil empires capital looking in such good condition and in glorious sunshine too. Never been a fan of neo-classical architecture or portland stone but they certainly have the wow factor.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:18 PM   #7
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Washington DC looks more like a European capital than an American one. I love DC. Its come a long way in the past 15 years. Beyond the monuments are some of the most charming neighborhoods in the US. One thing about DC that is so pleasant is the lack of any industry. It is perched on a bucolic bluff.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #8
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Too much pics but I like them. Great photo's of a wonderful and powerful city!
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:41 PM   #9
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I have to say that the city and its buildings are gorgeous.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 09:02 PM   #10
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I hate looking at Washington D.C. threads
They make me so jealous
of all capitals Washington has to be the most beautiful
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Old July 25th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #11
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Stunning!! Washington's architecture is a homage to ancient Athens (democracy) and Rome (republicanism). This photo tour really shows the classical inspiration of the city, down to some impressive details, such as these meanders (Greek key) bands.

On this picture frame.




And these stair railings. (as well as in multiple other places)



Even more 'hands on' to the inspiration from Greece and Italy comes this magnificent fresco of the dome, The Apotheosis of Washington, by Constantino Brumidi, of Greek and Italian parentage.



He also completed other works in Washington (and elsewhere), such as the magnificent Brumidi Corridors.

Great shots!!
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Old July 25th, 2008, 11:52 PM   #12
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Washington DC looks more like a European capital than an American one.
I don't see how it looks European...

The marble buildings are remind me a bit of London but it doesn't really look like a European city to me. I've been to Washington D.C. twice and all over Europe and I can tell D.C. is totally different
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Old July 26th, 2008, 12:00 AM   #13
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of all capitals Washington has to be the most beautiful
Paris? Prague? Rome? Vienna?

I mean D.C. is really a beautiful city...but can't keep up with the mentioned cities, in my opinion.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #14
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Amazing city
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Paris? Prague? Rome? Vienna?

I mean D.C. is really a beautiful city...but can't keep up with the mentioned cities, in my opinion.
I agree.

Great city and fantastic photos all the same though!
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I don't see how it looks European...

The marble buildings are remind me a bit of London but it doesn't really look like a European city to me. I've been to Washington D.C. twice and all over Europe and I can tell D.C. is totally different
I think it is difficult to imagine anyone looking at these photos and not noticing the European influence. In 1791, George Washington appointed Pierre-Charles L'Enfant ( an architect/planner from France) to plan the national capitol, and he based it on classic Beaux Arts designs. Certainly looks a great deal more "European" than most American cities.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 09:59 PM   #17
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Now I want to go there again, it's a remarkable city. The amount of magnificent awe-inspiring architecture there is just too great

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Paris? Prague? Rome? Vienna?

I mean D.C. is really a beautiful city...but can't keep up with the mentioned cities, in my opinion.
Washington is far more impressive than Rome
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Old July 26th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #18
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Amazing pics!! Love all the detail and carvings!!
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Old July 26th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #19
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Paris? Prague? Rome? Vienna?

I mean D.C. is really a beautiful city...but can't keep up with the mentioned cities, in my opinion.
Ehhh its hard to say because these cities are completely different.

The National Mall is really unique. No other city or capitol has a system of FREEEEEEEEE world class museums (Smithsonian). And you cannot forget the monuments and memorials.

Washington D.C. is strictly government and isn't cosmopolitan. The city runs on government agencies or its affiliates. There aren't any industries. (well, tourism of course). Besides, D.C. is a quarter the size of those cities. Most people live in the suburbs and commute.
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Nice pictures of Mordor.
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