The Obelisk Of George Washington

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In 1799, five years after the founding of the city of Washington died, President George Washington. The masons of the United States organized a state funeral and all the lodges both in America and in France temporarily turned into a Lodge of sorrow. In the same year of 1799 Napoleon's army occupied Egypt. For all masons and Republicans came the great historic moment when ancient homeland of Freemasonry was finally included in the new system of world order established by France and the United States. Shortly after the death of Washington had prepared plans for the construction of a huge national monument in Washington just North of Capitol in memory of the first President of the American Republic. In may 1800, the congressional Committee formed for this purpose, approved the construction of a pyramid with a square base of 100 x 100 feet, and of proportional height but due to lack of funds, the project eventually was shelved.

However, in 1833, a group of patriots, founded the Society of the national monument to George Washington which has been successful in raising necessary funds. Congress approved the construction of a memorial worthy of the memory of father of the nation. The first draft was proposed by Peter Force, an influential Freemason and one of the founders of the society. He also conceived the pyramid but even more grandiose project than the 1800. Project Masonic architect Robert mills proposed in 1836 consisted of a circular colonnade with a statue of Washington in Graeco-Roman garb riding the solar chariot of Apollo. On the roof of the colonnade rose the large obelisk is crowned with five-pointed star.

However, in the end the project was approved a single obelisk with a pyramidal top of the Washington monument that we know. The obelisk is 555 feet tall had to set a little away from the center line, due to unsuitable soil conditions in the originally selected place. The idea of the pyramid obelisk is simply a pyramid on a pillar rising symbolically above the new Republic had their own story. It was proposed in 1776 when Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson developed the draft Great Seal of the United States, the motif can still be seen on the reverse of one-dollar bills introduced in 1931 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Freemason of the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite. In 1789 this symbol had been placed on the title page of the Declaration of human rights signed in Paris under the leadership of the masons of Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin.

The ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the Washington monument took place on the Day of independence, July 4, 1848. We have already discussed the curious Templiers the symbolism of this date in accordance with Valentine's day. John Julian calendar. The ritual bookmark.

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