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Friday Trivia! So About the George Washington Masonic National Memorial…

Update 6:45 p.m. — Two-thirds of you were correct! The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is based on the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

We’re trying a new thing for Alexandria.

Every Friday (maybe) we’ll post a trivia question at 9:30 a.m. Comments are disabled to keep people from posting the answers. Play fair, make your best guess, and check back in at 3 p.m. when we post the answer.

For today’s trivia question, we’re starting off easy.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is Alexandria’s most iconic building and in 2015 was designated a National Historic Landmark. Construction on the building began in 1932, but the design of the memorial is inspired by an older building.

This week’s trivial question: which building was the George Washington Masonic National Memorial based on? Is it the Washington Monument, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the House of the Temple in D.C. or Big Ben?

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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