Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is the name given to a monument of 630 feet, found in St. Louis Missouri on the Mississippi River west bank. It is all covered with stainless steel and has the shape of an inverted catenary arch. It is the tallest arch in the world and the tallest building in Missouri that is accessible. It was built as a monument to form the centerpiece of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and with time, it became a symbol of St. Louis that is famous internationally.

The design of the Gateway Arch was done by a Finnish-American architect called Eero Saarinen in the year 1947. The construction began 16 years later and was completed in 1965. It became open to the public on the 10th of June in 1967.

The Gateway Arch has a height of 192 meters (630 feet), which is the exact same measurement for the width. It is the tallest memorial in all the states of the US and the tallest monument made of stainless steel in the entire world.
Its legs have the cross section of an equilateral triangle which narrow from sides of 54 feet at the bottom to 17 feet at the top. All the walls consist of skin made of stainless steel that covers reinforced concrete sandwiched by two carbon-steel walls. The inside of the arch is hollow, accommodating a tram system which takes visitors to the top deck where there is an observation deck.

View from the top of the Arch


  1. Giselle8/28/2015

    Such an amazing architectural structure. For a minute, I was wondering if there's a way to visit the top of the structure, but then realized that would not be very practical considering the shape.

    1. Sheila9/07/2015

      @Giselle, not sure if you got a chance to read the article, but there is a tram inside that takes visitors to the top observation deck. I can't say that I'd want to be up that high either but it's cool that's an option for anyone who wants a good overview of the city.

  2. Dunida9/14/2015

    That must be the most surreal experience to drive under such a mammoth structure. I'd almost worry it would fall over. Though I'm sure that structure is very sound with good engineering.

  3. Anonymous9/14/2015

    Such a big monument & that's 630 feet! wow!I m impressed seeing the structure of it.Can't wait to visit.

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  5. Anonymous9/29/2015

    No doubt it's a great structure that I have ever seen and willing to visit so.

  6. Anonymous9/29/2015

    I just wanna thank you @Kate for your activity,you are doing a great job for the travel loving people around the world.I appreciate it.

  7. This is really amazing . I love the sculpture...its WOW! Looks like the gateway to heaven...

  8. Anonymous10/15/2015

    One of the wonderful structure of 19th.I think no one can imagine about this place before pay a visit there.

  9. Anonymous11/22/2015

    630 feet! oh my god completely unbelievable!