Laus Deo. Two words displayed on the top of the Washington Monument. Let us dig into what those two words mean in the study of Christianity in American history
Laus Deo on the Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is the highest fixture in D.C. and there can never be a building of greater height than this Monument. Are you also aware that on the aluminum cap, on top of the Monument are displayed the words “Laus Deo” which means “Praise be to God”? These words are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia and capital of the United States of America.
Interesting Washington Monument Facts
Construction of this great monument was completed in 1888 and thereafter the monument was opened to the public.
The staircase within the monument has 898 steps and 50 landings. As you reach the 12th Landing you can see a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th landing is a memorial presented by Chinese Christians; on the 24th landing is a presentation made by the Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7 , Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.
Construction of this great monument was completed in 1888 and thereafter the monument was opened to the public. During the inauguration, when the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was installed completing the monument, there were several items placed within it including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
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