Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

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    Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool

    by chattygirl7491 Written Feb 5, 2016

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    After walking end to end, East to West, for monuments, this is the most approachable. It has a unique grandeur because it is so large and so detailed. Looking all directions from here, you can see the best of Washington's Monuments

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    A tribute to one of our favorite President

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 8, 2015

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    Of the many memorials and monuments in all of D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is the one that stands out the most for me. During my studying years in middle and high schools, Mr. Lincoln (along with G. Washington) were the most important president of our time.

    The memorial, a statue of Abraham Lincoln is located in a Greek style temple with 36 doric columns. Each of these columns represents the states of the Union.

    As you approach the memorial you are greated with a set of steps that will lead you inside the building. Sitting in the center of the building is the statue of Lincoln bigger than life. Lincoln's second inagural speach along with the Gettysburg address are inscribed on the inside of the building.

    Exiting the Lincoln Memorial you will have a fantastic view of the pool along with Washington Monument. This is always a stop during all my visits.

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument

    by Jefie Updated Sep 17, 2014

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    Of all the statues and monuments that can be found in Washington (and that's a lot!), the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument probably are the most famous ones. The Washington Monument can be seen from all over the city and has probably been featured in as many movies as the Empire State Building. The monument dedicated to George Washington, the first President of the United States, was constructed between 1848 and 1884.The 555-foot-tall obelisk is the tallest stone structure in the world and, for a few years after it was completed, it was the tallest structure in the world (the Eiffel Tower took away that title when it was completed in 1889). There is an observation deck located near the top of the monument, but my sister and I took one look at the little window openings and felt kinda claustrophobic so we decided to skip it. Those who are braver than us can get up there by taking a 70-second elevator ride to the top. Admission is free, but there is a limited number of tickets available (which you can get at the foot of the monument or pre-order online).

    At the other end of the Reflecting Pool stands the equally famous Lincoln Memorial, a Greek temple-like structure that houses an impressive statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, designed by Daniel Chester French. The memorial was built between 1914 and 1912, and it has been the site of several historical events and public gatherings, including when 250,000 people gathered in front of the memorial to hear Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech in 1963. More recently, in 2009, a crowd of 400,000 people celebrated the upcoming inauguration of President Barrack Obama. On a slightly less historical note, it also brought to my mind the scene in the movie "Forrest Gump" in which people gather around the Reflecting Pool for an anti-war protest. The Lincoln Memorial is open to visitors 24h/day.

    Directions: South of Constitution Avenue, on both sides of the Reflecting Pool

    Phone: 202-426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm

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    The Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials

    by HSC123 Updated Jul 4, 2014

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    The Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, are two of my favorite monuments. Like many buildings in D.C., they are Greek in design, featuring columns, wide stairways and, of course, imposing statues as their centerpieces. The Lincoln Memorial is situated at the end of a long reflecting pool and the Jefferson Memorial sits across a tidal basin from the center of the National Mall, giving each their signature photogenic qualities, particularly as night falls and their ivory facades are washed in illumination. (Unfortunately, I was only 13 at the time and had not yet taken up photography as an addictive hobby).

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Lincoln Memorial

    by solopes Updated Jun 16, 2014

    Facing Capitol building, at the other end of the national mall, a large but austere monument celebrates Abraham Lincoln's memory. To a foreigner it is just a common big and modern monument, but it's easy to understand what it means to American people.

    Reproducing a Greek temple, with Doric columns, it was built in 1922 by Henry Bacon,with a statue conceived by Daniel Chester French.

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Lincoln Memorial

    by KevinMichael Written Apr 24, 2014

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    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was one of our greatest presidents. He is honored on the 1 cent coin (the penny), the Federal Reserves (a private bank NOT owned by the U.S. government nor part of the U.S. government) $5 dollar bill at Mount Rushmore and here at Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln would have found it ironic that he is honored on the $5 dollar bill since his assassin (John Wilks Booth) was financed by the international bankers (whom now print US dollars) and really didn't want him to be president anymore since he stood in the way of business... specifically their kind of business. See below:

    Lincoln said,
    "The Government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is in the Government's greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles ... the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity."

    `Gerald G. McGeer also stated that Lincoln's assassination was not purely because the International Bankers wanted to re-establish a central bank in America, but also because they wanted to base America's currency on gold, which they of course controlled. They wanted to put America on a Gold Standard. This was in direct opposition to President Lincoln's policy of issuing Greenbacks, based solely on the good faith and credit of the United States. ` - The French Connection: The History of the Money Changers http://www.iamthewitness.com/books/Andrew.Carrington.Hitchcock/The.History.of.the.Money.Changers.htm

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Lincoln memorial

    by Turska Written Mar 30, 2014

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    It was quite amazing to see this big monument since it has been seen in so many movies, documents and such.
    But it seemed to be even bigger thing to Americans, who are really patriotic in our eyes. Of course we Finns do love our homeland, but it is something so different in USA, that it is allmost strange to us, But to those people this kind of places are of course even more touching,

    Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW

    Directions: We did walk all the way from railway station, and did walk from memorial to Capitol hill. It is quite easy walk, no need to watch a map, since all you are going to walk by are seen from far.

    Phone: +1 202-426-6841

    Website: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc71.htm

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    Lincoln Memorial

    by aphrodyte Written Feb 23, 2014

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    Monument was built to honor the 16th President of the United States.
    The exterior of the Memorial echoes a classic Greek temple and features Yule marble

    The interior of the Memorial is divided into three chambers. The north and south side chambers contain carved inscriptions of Lincoln's second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address.
    Lying between the north and south chambers is the central hall containing the solitary figure of Lincoln sitting in contemplation.

    Here are my fun facts about The Lincoln Memorial:
    1. There is a typo in Lincoln’s second inaugural address carved into the wall on the right wall of the memorial. Look closely for the word “FUTURE” that was originally carved as “EUTURE.” It would have been too expensive to re-carve the entire wall so the mistake was simply filled in but is still noticeable.The sculpture has been at the center of two urban legends.
    2. Another popular legend is that Lincoln is shown using sign language to represent his initials, with his left hand shaped to form an "A" and his right hand to form an "L", the president's initials. The National Park Service denies it however.
    3. Plaster casts of Abraham Lincoln's face were used by the sculptor to make the monument's statue.

    It is open to the public 24 hours a day.

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Iconic memorial

    by albaaust Written Jan 7, 2014

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    The Lincoln Memorial is an iconic memorial to visit not only for its homage to a significant historical figure but also for its significance as a place where numerous momentous speeches and demonstrations have occurred including of course Presidential inauguration speeches and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech.” It is also a great place to stand at and get an appreciation of the National Mall and the Washington Monument.

    Don’t forget to go to the small museum that charts the path to civil rights for Black Americans which is to the left below the steps of the memorial.

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Memorial to Abraham Lincoln.

    by razorbacker Written Sep 21, 2013

    One of our greatest Presidents. Reviled by many, revered by many. I am ambivalent in these regards. He sealed his mission with his blood.

    I am particularly partial to the lively and surprising account of his life and times presented in Michael Medved's historical recording "The Real Lincoln."

    Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Wash., D.C. 20037.

    Directions: West end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Lincoln Memorial

    by staindesign Written Aug 17, 2013

    In recent news (summer 2013) a woman was arrested bc she threw green paint on to the Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln is now cleaned up and handsome as ever.

    At the Lincoln Memorial you can visit the reflecting pool, the World War monuments and the Korean war monument in this area. The reflecting pool was particularly special to see where Jenny and Forest gump reunited in DC.

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    Lincoln Defaced

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    We were there with my daughter and our friend right after the memorial was defaced with green paint in 2013. Prior to that, My son's team came to this area to participate in a Cal Ripkin tournament. Before we went up to Aberdeen, MD, they had a few games with a local Little League team, and visited many of the tourist sites. They had their pictures taken in front of the White House and the Lincoln Memorial as well as going to National Archives.

    The Lincoln Memorial is free and is open 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm daily. Like at all NP sites, there is a bookstore.

    If you don't know any questions to ask the rangers, you can ask about where the marble was quarried (in Marble Colorado for the building and Tate Georgia for the statue), what the 36 columns represent (As an afterthought, the 36 columns required for the design were seen to represent the 25 U.S. states at the time of Lincoln's death, as well as the 11 seceded States), and what mistake was made in the carving of the text of the speeches (On the text of the Second Inaugeral Address, the word Future was carved with an E instead of F and had to be filled in and can still be seen today)

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

    You can just see the green paint Team assembled in front of Lincoln In front of memorial Lincoln Memorial blocked off while cleaning Lincoln and the inscription above him
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    Lincoln Memorial

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 20, 2013

    One of the most iconic buildings in DC - this memorial is at the west end of the Mall. The building itself looks like something out of Greece - and on the inside you are treated to an enormous statue of Honest Abe and copies of the Gettsyburg Address and his second inaugural address.

    Look for several urban legends within the memorial - Is Abe signing (sign language) his initials with his hands? Is the face of Robert E Lee engraved in his hair? I think I buy the first, probably not the second :)

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    The Lincoln Memorial

    by antistar Updated Jun 12, 2013

    Abraham Lincoln is one of the most, if not the most, beloved President in US history. Maybe even the most beloved person. He is associated with strength in standing up for the rights of man, winning the Civil War, and most of all for ending slavery in the US. He's been played in hundreds of movies and TV shows, most recently of which the Spielberg epic Lincoln, where Daniel Day Lewis's spellbinding performance won him the Best Actor Oscar.

    The memorial attracts millions of visitors a year, and occasionally great events will be held here, with speakers wishing to channel some of Lincoln's greatness for themselves, or, like Martin Luther King, to use Lincoln's achievements to cast into stark contrast the failures of the present. When Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the memorial it was a hundred years since Lincoln's proclamation of emancipation. Nearly a quarter of a million people gathered at the steps to hear him.

    Outside the Memorial is a simple, square neoclassical design, which sits elegantly above the Reflecting Pool. Inside, behind the colonnade, an imposing sculpture of Lincoln himself sits, looking in the direction of the Senate, like a watchful father. Depending on what angle you look at him, he can seem stern, stoic, sad, or contemplative. A statue as complex as the man himself.

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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    The Great Emancipator

    by etfromnc Updated Sep 27, 2012

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    Night or day, the Lincoln Memorial is amazingly impressive and inspirational. I went to his birthplace for the centennial of his birth, and spent four days in the area. While I loved the celebratory spirit in Kentucky, all of this combined was not as inspirational as just a few minutes gazing up at his statue from the top of the steps and then turning for a brief look out across Washington, the Reflecting Pool, the Monument, the Capitol, et al.
    Take a penny with you when you go.
    The Lincoln Memorial is very probably the second most popular memorial in the District of Columbia, second only to the Washington Monument. On 28 August 1963, approximately 200,000 people peacefully gathered near the Lincoln Memorial, many accidentally (???) spilling into the Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument surreally towering in the background, to protest racial segregation and to demand voting rights for African Americans. The day's final speaker, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., offered one of the most memorable speeches in American history, ending with these resounding words: "...When we allow freedom to ring, ... we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we're free at last.'"

    Address: 23rd Street, NW

    Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, facing the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill.

    Phone: (202) 426-6841

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc/

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