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The Historic Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown

The Pilgrim Monument was built in 1892 to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrim’s first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620. The 252-foot monument is built of granite blocks brought to the Cape from Stonington, Maine. The monument was built by the efforts of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association with its cornerstone being laid in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The structure was completed and dedicated by President William Howard Taft on August 5, 1910.

The design and structure of the Pilgrim Memorial is based on the lines of Torre del Mangia bell tower in Siena, Italy and is the tallest all-granite structure in the US. The structure is listed amongst the most admired public monuments in the United States and has been visited by millions of visitors as well as generations of local residents for over a century. Visitors have to climb a series of 60 ramps and 116 steps to reach the top from where they get a panoramic view of Provincetown as well as Boston and the Bridges.

Another tourist attraction located in the vicinity of the Pilgrim Monument is the Provincetown Museum which boasts of a wide range of collections that features maritime, natural history, Provincetown history and Cape Cod exhibits and collections of arctic explorer Donald MacMillan. The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum in Cape Cod remains one of the prime sources of attractions and tourists make it a point to visit this place.