Is the washington monument really 666 feet tall?(555 above ground 111 under)
No, much to dismay of conspiracy theorists, the foundation depth of the Washington Monument is listed at 36 feet and 10 inches, not 111 feet. The width of the base is 55 feet, 1.5 inches and the width at the top of the shaft is 34 feet, 5.5 inches. With 30 mph winds, the monument sways 0.125 of an inch. On September 26, 2011, the National Park Service announced that the monument would be closed indefinitely as it sustained more damage from an earthquake in August 2011 than they previously thought.
Updated on Wednesday, February 01 2012 at 09:50PM EST