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Lafayette Square

16th St & Pennsylvania Ave Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20006
202 755 7798
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Ranked #95 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Dublin, Ireland
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238 reviews 238 reviews
115 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

On the north side of The White House, this well-maintained public park takes its name from the Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who fought bravely on behalf of the American colonists in the Revolutionary War. Returning to the U.S. in 1824, he was awarded various honours, including this piece of ground, formerly known as "President's Park". The prominent statue of... More 

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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Not only does this park contain the statue of Lafayette, the most important figure outside of Washington in the Civil War, it also contains a number of other statues dedicated to those non-Americans who aided our independence from Britain (also Andrew Jackson). There are many nice trees to wander under, and the view of the White House set back in... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Right across from the White House, this park is dedicated to General Lafayette without whom the American Revolution would not have been successful. An imposing statue of the General and another of Andrew Jackson commemorate the importance of strong military leaders in the founding and sustaining of the new Republic of America. The Square faces the White House on the... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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182 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This square is a must visit when you are in Washington D.C. Not only it's the best place to view the White House, but it's also a place where you can see people with signs, mostly against war. When I was there a lady was camping there with signs about Israel. Even if this place is packed with people, the... More 

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New Delhi, India
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A nice square just across White House, with beautiful statues of President Jackson, Major General Lafayatte and others. This attraction has bee named after Frenchman who fought the American Revolutionary war. Nowadays the best view of facade of the White House is from the lawns of Lafayatte Square. It looks so beautiful from there. The square itself is very beautiful... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This park facing the White House is worth a stroll. There are various statues in the square , as well as a fountain. Jackson is in the middle. Rochambeau and Lafayette are both directly in front of the White House. Sadly, there is no sign on Lafayette's statue. I had to read a map near the White House to figure... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The park is more of a thoroughfare north of the white house than an attraction in itself. The best part of it is that you can see the White House from a closer distance and you also get a better idea of how integrated the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the Treasury Building connect on each side. On the first... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you're going to get a view of the White House, you're going to get it from here! All other boundaries are barricaded and unsightly. The park gives an attractive welcome and is unchanged throughout the years.

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Oakville, ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Nice to see a small piece of parkland in the memory of an individual that had an influence in the planning plus formation of Washington DC from the very beginning. Good location to view the White House plus side down to relax from touring this the area.

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Howden, United Kingdom
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127 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Due probably to its proximity to the White House, I think that the beauty and majesty of Lafayette Square is often overlooked. To one side is one of the best views of the White House, but the other three sides are populated by wonderful buildings in their own right......some of the town houses are just spectacular and the Hay-Adams hotel... More 

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