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Inspired by Rob's pictures, I looked at my archive and I noticed that I was in Washington DC EXACTLY 8 years ago. So why not to post an oldie. I went to Washington especially at that time to see sakura trees. But then it appeared, that they were the days of magnolias. Maybe you have noticed that I am always interested in the trees, so you can imagine how happy I was.
Behind the magnificent magnolia is the entrance to the so-called The Castle - The Smithsonian Institution Building, located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.The Castle was the first Smithsonian building, designed by architect James Renwick, Jr., whose other works include St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. Termed "the nation's attic" for its eclectic holdings of 154 million items, the Institution's nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo include historical and architectural landmarks, mostly located in the District of Columbia. The Institution's thirty million annual visitors are admitted without charge.
I had not enough time to visit all these museums, I visited only a few.

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The right side of the building

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