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Washington is the capital city of the United States. The embassies of countries from around the world are housed here, as well as many American government bureaus, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Important political institutions such as the White House, Capitol Building and Washington Monument are located here. There are also historical and cultural landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, which make the city full to the brim with a refined cultural atmosphere. Outside the capital, the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery are located across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. Washington has an abundance of famous museums like the Smithsonian. After visiting some museums, you can go to restaurants where American presidents have eaten to get a taste of real American cuisine.
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located at the western end of the National Mall, across from the Washington Monument. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address" and his Second Inaugural Address. The Lincoln Memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963. Abraham Lincoln is widely regarded as America's greatest president and the monument in his memory is an important public gathering place and national symbol.
The National Gallery of Art, located at the western level of the US Capitol, consists of two distinctly different buildings, one in the west, a neoclassical building with ancient Greek style, and one east in a geometric building of modernism. The two museums contain works of art from the Middle Ages to the present, unique architecture and rich and precious collections, giving the museum a unique style.