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US Naval Academy filled with history, honor, beautiful architecture

US Naval Academy filled with history, honor, beautiful architecture

by Christian Michael

March 04, 2019


Nestled in the heart of Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Naval Academy prepares our nation's future Naval officers for the rigors of sea duty and a career leading sailors in defense of American interests around the globe.

My old retired Air Force buddy, Bren, his family and I wandered Annapolis when he suggested we tour the academy. Once parked, we enjoyed a breathtaking view of the bay (I'm assuming it was a pay to the nearby river). Though cloudy, the the light shimmered across the rippled water and produced a beautiful view before the cold wind summarily ruined our ability to stay long.

We then walked the grounds and took in the sights of school buildings, dormitories, a few midshipmen (as the cadets are called) scurrying about the campus before stopping by the academy chapel basement where American founding father John Paul Jones is entombed in a stunning marble sarcophagus in a memorial dedicated to him and his service to the nation and the formation of our navy.

Bren and I then ventured up into the chapel sanctuary for a stunning view of light, stained glass and architecture before we wandered a few more places on the grounds.

 

The place felt very French architecture-wise, which marries well with the history that John Paul Jones was originally buried in a small French cemetery after his death there. He was later found and re-entombed beneath the chapel. I don't think that's why they designed the campus as they did, but it's interesting, nonetheless.

While the campus is not open to the public, it is certainly a fantastic place to visit if you ever might find yourself with the opportunity to go.

 

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