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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial Lincoln Memorial Photo by Bernt Rostad via Flickr

When in Washington, The Lincoln Memorial should definitely be on your list of places worth seeing here. This national monument was built in 1922 to honor America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

The building is a beautiful 99ft structure designed in a Greek temple style. Surrounding the building are 36 Doric columns that represent the number of states of the Union at the time when Lincoln died. Later on when the building was completed in 1922, the Union had by that time added 12 more states. Hence, to represent all the 48 states, there are 48 stone festoons above the Doric columns, on the attic frieze. A bit higher from the attic is a garland coupled with palm leaves and ribbons propped up by wings of eagles.

As you trace your way inside the memorial, right in the center you will find a 19ft huge statue of Abraham Lincoln in a seated position. This marble statue is an eye-catching feature of the memorial and it is amazing to see how tiny we appear in front of it. The ceiling is made up of bronze girders, decorated with oak leaves and laurel. On the northern wall, there is an inscription of the second inaugural address by Lincoln and on the southern wall, Gettysburg address has been inscribed. These two speeches are counted among the most important speeches in the history of America and keeping that in reference they have been inscribed here. These are bordered by pilasters ornamented with wreaths and eagles.

Besides its incredible architecture, The Lincoln Memorial is often a commonly used meeting place for political rallies and protests. Additionally, it has also been the place of several speeches; the most famous being “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King.

At present, millions of tourists from everywhere visit the place in an anticipation to see the Lincoln statue. The place is generally more crowded during the day time. However, the building looks its best after it is illuminated. The monument is open for the public on all the seven days of the week with no fee being charged. As such, the memorial in itself is an interesting place and must be visited especially if you are a tourist.


Hours: Open everyday, 24 hrs a day (Rangers available 9:30am to 11:30pm)
Address/Map:     2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Website: Lincoln Memorial
Admission: Free