Lincoln Memorial

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WalterC WalterC
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One of the most iconic landmarks in the Nation's Capital Jul 15, 2016
One of the most iconic attractions in Washington DC, the Lincoln Memorial is the most well-known national memorial of all. Located at the end of the National Mall, it is really not hard to miss. And that is an understatement.

The memorial honors the 16th President, who helped free slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation. And helped keep the country together, after the Civil War. Abe Lincoln has definitely helped this country through some really difficult times. The memorial has seen some history of its own, with the most famous being where Martin Luther King Jr delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, during the Civil Rights Movement.

Dedicated in 1922, the memorial was built in the style of a Greek temple. Inside is the 19-feet sculpture of Abraham Lincoln sitting. On one side of the wall, is the Gettysburg Address, and the other side has his Second Inaugural Address.

From the entry of the memorial, you can see the Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument and even the US Capitol in the distance.

On the left side as you go up (or right side going down), is where there are restrooms and a small museum. The museum contains more quotes from Lincoln, and gets into the history of the Lincoln Memorial itself. That includes the building of it, and the history of the place over the years. A small museum, that is worth checking out if time permits, and if more interested, as it does give a little more context.

This place is one of those places that must be visited. I mean, it is one thing to see it on TV or pictures, but to see it with your own eyes is a whole other thing. If there was only one memorial that should not be missed, definitely let it be this one!

If anything, one of those places that people should visit, and decide for themselves whether it was worth it.
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Vikram says:
Iconic no doubt!!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2016
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spocklogic spocklog…
265 reviews
Sitting Around Since 1922 Aug 13, 2015
The Lincoln Memorial is actually a 20th century, relatively modern monument where a statue of Abraham Lincoln has sat since it was dedicated in 1922. Nothing modern about its architecture though, which is in the style of a classical Greek Doric temple. It's a particularly enjoyable place to sit on the steps and people watch. The sun sets behind the Monument, so at sunset the Washington Monument takes on a nice glow and is imaged in the reflecting pool. At the top of the steps is an engraving dedicating the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream Speech". Many people miss this, so look out for it, or rather look down for it! Inside is Lincoln, of course, in the seated position. The statue is made of white marble from Georgia. Interior panels include inscriptions of the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. Above these inscriptions are murals depicting Lincoln's life in government.

By the numbers: The structure itself is ~190 by ~119 feet (58 by 36 m) and is 99 feet (30 m) tall. The 36 columns surrounding the monument represent each of the states in the Union at the time of the Lincoln's death in 1865. The columns are 44 feet (13 m) tall with a diameter of 7.5 feet (2.3 m). The names of the states are inscribed above the columns, with their admission date into the Union given in Roman numerals. The Lincoln Memorial appears on the back of the US $5 bill and was on the back side of the US 1 cent coin from From 1959 to 2008. Inside the Memorial, the ceiling is 60 feet (18 m) high where the 19 foot (5.8 m) tall, 175 ton (158,757 kg), statue resides. If Lincoln were to stand up he would be 28 feet (8.5 m) tall. In 2029 or possibly 2155, Lincoln is replaced with a statue of the Ape, General Thade, as the conclusion of Planet of the Apes (2001) depicts.
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spocklogic says:
I think it was called "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", but I have not seen it. Strange idea for a movie and now that you reminded me, it will probably stick in my mind for a while now \( •_•)_†
Posted on: Sep 16, 2015
FoxyFauz says:
I dont know why ever since they made that movie (cant remember the title), i keep thinking about Abraham Lincoln being a vampire hunter lol!
Posted on: Sep 16, 2015
HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
Great spot to sit on the steps and ponder life Nov 09, 2014
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Yes, yes, it was part of Planet of the Apes and Forrest Gump, but there is much more historically significance behind the Lincoln Memorial. It is a great place to visit as you walk down the National Mall; it looks closer than it is, but is a nice place to walk to. You can sit on the steps and look at the Mall while pondering the finer points of life.

For a friend who didn't know, it is wheelchair accesible (when grandma comes to visit in her wheelchair). If you are facing the memorial, there is a ramp on the left-it leads to an elevator that can get you to the main level.

When the weather is warm, there are bicyclers who can carry 2 or 3 people in their mini-carriages, but it is a costly way to get back down to the other end of the Mall. The closest metro stop is quite a walk-about 8 or 9 blocks straight up 23rd street toward George Washington Univeristy hospital. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have on great sneakers and are trying to save money or bought a day pass or something.

Try to depart before sunset. It's not completely unsafe, but I would avoid walking on the Mall, especially that end, when it's dark.
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Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
In Honor of the 16th President of the USA Jun 16, 2012
So much ado about Abraham Lincoln! Well for being the 16th President, this memorial is definitely something. It tells of how important he was and how much influence he had in shaping the history of the United States. Perhaps one of the most visited memorial in the Washington area, it honors President Abraham Lincoln who served from 1809 – 1865. If you are wondering why his memorial is so huge; consider the fact that he was the one who ended (proclaimed) slavery in the country. He led the country through the civil war. He is remembered as the president who freed the slaves and saved the union.

I was terribly disappointed not to see the reflecting pool, it is currently under renovation. That aside, we arrived quite early in the morning and almost had the entire place to ourselves. The imposing structure that one sees from across the distance is not the memorial; the actual memorial is the statute of Lincoln himself, house inside the structure. The architect of this great building is Henry It was curved by sculptor Daniel French. The inside walls of the structure; on the right and left of Lincoln are excerpts from his Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address.

We returned a second time in the evening to see the memorial by night; it was quite a sight to see. I recommend seeing it at night and when the reflecting pool is once again operational. We are hoping the pool will be reopened while we are still on the east coast so we can see it in all its might. We did not go to see the exhibit and bookshop, but they are on the lower level.

Highly recommended, it is Free, why not?
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X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
One of the Most seen Memorials May 22, 2010
This memorial to our 16th President was completed in 1922. It is built in the style of a Greek Temple with a large seated sculpture of Lincoln flanked by two inscriptions from his famous speeches, one from his Second Inaugural Address and one from the Gettysburg Address. It is located at the western end of the National Mall and faces east. Although there are steps all the way around the front there is an entry at the bottom left that allows you entry to an elevator that will take you up to the interior to view the statue and inscriptions if you are handicapped. The architect of the building was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. Actually going up into the monument makes this specific monument an amazing thing. Once you are at his feet, as it were of this huge white sculpture of Abe Lincoln you feel the power, and then turning and looking and reading the two inscriptions is an amazing experience.
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brettjayhawk says:
Visiting Washington D.C. for the first time this March!
Posted on: Jan 28, 2011
camwilde camwilde
163 reviews
Lincoln Memorial Dec 03, 2010
The Lincoln Memorial is a larger than life Lincoln staring across the National Mall toward the Capitol, encased in a Greek Doric temple. It is one of the most well known and viewed monuments in the nation and is a favorite place for Civil Rights movement demonstrations (like Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech).

I have been to Washington DC twice. Each time, this is a place I spend quite a bit of time at. I enjoy reading the quotes and looking at the Mall from the monument. With the size of Lincoln, I can't help but think about him as watching over the Congress as they legislate. The Union almost fell apart under his watch. I like to think that he hopes that never happens and watches very closely.
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Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
The Lincoln Memorial May 18, 2008
The Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922, honors Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the sixteenth President. The Lincoln Memorial, with its commanding view of the National Mall and Reflecting Pool, is one of the most iconic images of Washington.

Lincoln led the USA through the Civil War, proclaimed and end to slavery, and was assassinated at the war’s end. His Gettysburg Address is one of the most succinct, yet powerful, of speeches. A monument to Lincoln was considered as early as 1867. But, plans for the present monument did not take form until 1901. At that time, the location where the monument would be built, at the western end of the National Mall, was a swamp and an unpleasant locale. One Senator sought to block the building of the monument there, and insisted on locating it between the Capitol and Union Station or even in Gettysburg, PA. The Memorial was to come to serve a dual purpose, honoring Abraham Lincoln while leading the development and beautification of the western end of the National Mall. Eventually, it was built and stands as the western anchor of the National Mall envisioned by L’Enfant, with the Washington Monument in the center and the Capitol anchoring the eastern axis.

The most memorable feature the Lincoln Memorial is the imposing statue of Abraham Lincoln by sculptor Daniel Chester French. On his right side is the Gettysburg address and on his left, excerpts from the Second Inaugural Address. The memorial is especially powerful when illuminated at night.

The Lincoln Memorial has played a role in history as well as commemorating it. In 1939, Marian Anderson, an African-American classical singer, was barred from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington. In protest, an open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial was arranged. The concert drew a large integrated audience in person and on the air. The Anderson concert had to have been on people’s minds in August 1963 when the Lincoln Memorial witnessed the culminating rally of the civil rights March on Washington. Martin Luther King, jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the rally. A plaque on the Memorial steps commemorates the spot where King stood.

Exhibits about Lincoln and a gift and book shop are on the lower level of the Memorial.
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tj1777 tj1777
369 reviews
Lincoln Memorial Oct 20, 2008
No other president got a memorial as well located as Lincoln - at the end og the National Mall you will see his giant memorial looking down along the National Mall towards the Washington Monument and the Capitol Hill.

The building is a limestone and marble structure with 36 huge columns - which is the number of states in the union at the time of Lincoln's death including the 11 southern states which had seceded. In the middle of the big hall is a giant statue of Lincoln sitting down facing out towards the National Mall. On the two walls on each side of Lincoln is the two of his most important speeches - The Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address.

The first stone to the monument were laid down on Lincoln's birthday February 12 1914 and the monument were finish in 1922. After the monument was finished it has been the scene of different public gatherings most famous of them all is probably Martin Luther King I have a dream speech.

Today Lincoln is mainly remembered as the president who freed the slaves and saved the union. But this came at a cost - when he were elected he was clearly the president which divided the country more than any other president before or after. He was elected with less than 40 percent of the popular vote and he was not even on the ballot in 9 of the southern states - not that it mattered much given he only got just over 1 percent of the votes in Virginia where he actually were on the ballot.

The Civil War which followed his victory in the presidential election ended up costing more American lives than World War I and World War II put together. And the slaves were freed but they did not get anything resembling normal civil rights for another 100 years.
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33 reviews
May 06, 2007
Coworker and I decided to swing by during the evening. We thought we were so smart, but alas - everyone else seemed to have the same bright idea. Go visit at night though! It's awesome.

The statue is pretty giant. His foot is probably the length of half my body.

It's a beautiful spot though. On one wall, you've got his 2nd Inaugural Speech, and on the other is the Gettysburg Address. And when you turn away from President Lincoln's statue, you get a spectacular view of the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and even the capitol building right behind that.

Take caution: Slippery when wet.

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