Alexandria, Virginia

American town of Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the oldest towns in the country, founded in mid-eighteenth century, and the first settlements of European colonists emerged there already in late seventeenth century.  The town is near Washington, on the opposite bank of the Potomac River.  In 1791, Alexandria was included in the newly established District of Columbia, but in 1846 the federal government returned it to the State of Virginia.  The town in quite nice, with old streets and neighborhoods, so you certainly ought to see it if you ever come to Washington.

I was in Alexandria twice—in 2012 and in 2017.  The pictures below are made in 2012, when I was there together with Claudia Galloppa. It was in October, in the midst of autumn, on the eve of Halloween and of the presidential elections 😉

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Local history museum—glasses for light tower lamps.

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Two ghosts and Obama’s election poster 😉

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George Washington Masonic National Memorial

George Washington Masonic National Memorial, built in 1923–32 in honor of the first U.S. President who was a well-known Freemason as well. The memorial is itself a Masonic temple, there is also a museum of American Freemasonry inside.

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View of Washington from the Masonic memorial

View of Washington from the Masonic memorial