The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. The architect was Henry Bacon and the designer of the primary statue was Daniel Chester French.

Dedicated in 1922, it is one of several monuments built to honor an American president. It has always been a major tourist attraction and since the 1930s has been a symbolic center focused on race relations.

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, 'The Gettysburg Address' and his 'Second Inaugural Address'. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Since 2010, approximately 6 million people visit the memorial annually.



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Founded: 1914–1922
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United States


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MJG (6 months ago)
Very awesome iconic site! The total cost is $0! This place is equipped with an elevator, bathrooms, little indoor museum area and gift shop. But most importantly, you can get some really cool photos of the Lincoln Memorial. Nice views from here of the reflection pool as well. Definitely check it out along with the other memorials when you're visiting Washington DC. 5/5. _____________________________________________________ Follow me for more reviews, tips and photos!
Swadhapriya Sarma (6 months ago)
The Lincoln Memorial is an awe-inspiring tribute to a visionary leader. The colossal statue of Abraham Lincoln exudes gravitas, while the surrounding marble columns evoke a sense of grandeur. Standing on the steps, I felt a deep connection to history and the ideals Lincoln stood for. The Reflecting Pool adds a sense of tranquility, allowing for introspection amid the bustling city. The memorial's significance as a symbol of unity and freedom is palpable, making it a must-visit. Whether day or night, the Lincoln Memorial is a testament to enduring principles and a reminder of the progress we strive for.
Benjamin Johnson (7 months ago)
It was great and the atmosphere there and around it was awesome. There is a shop inside i did not expect and a random room to the right. The stairs are pretty cool. There are a lot of stairs. There are street vendors outside of it and there is parking like a mile away. If you go here any time of day you will be happy and will definitely not regret your decision. If your in the District of Colombia, this is a must see spot.
Rajesh Sati (8 months ago)
The Lincoln Memorial, situated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is a testament to both architectural magnificence and historical significance. Yesterday, I had the privilege of standing before this awe-inspiring monument dedicated to one of America's greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. The sheer size and grandeur of the memorial left me speechless. The larger-than-life statue of Lincoln sitting majestically in his chair, gazing out over the Reflecting Pool, emanates a sense of strength and wisdom. Inside the memorial, the carefully carved words of Lincoln's iconic speeches resonate deeply, reminding us of his unwavering dedication to freedom and equality. Visiting the Lincoln Memorial was a humbling and thought-provoking experience that allowed me to reflect on the timeless ideals upon which our nation was built.
Pavel D. (9 months ago)
The last (or the first) monument on The Mall - and quite a spectacular one! It’s a statement monument rising above the reflecting pool and housing a statue of a sitting Abraham Lincoln made of white marble. There are some stunning views from the monument towards the reflecting pool and Washington monument. The Capitol can be seen as well, just not from the middle as it’s hidden behind the Washington monument. The steps are steep but safe, as the surface is not smooth, so even during the rain it’s perfectly safe to walk on them. The only problem with this place is how incredibly crowded it gets, be prepared to be pushed over by others, unless you visit early in the morning or late at night, and even then you won’t be alone. I visited at 6:30 AM (it was still dark) during the cherry blossom festival in March and several people were already wandering around. I also preferred the marvelous neoclassical memorial during low light conditions, it added another dimension to my experience. There is nothing inside apart from the statue of Lincoln and inscriptions of two of his speeches, nevertheless it is an amazing place to visit! Plenty of parking in the proximity and surrounding streets, you just have to come early enough to secure a spot. Visited in March 2023. PS: While walking on the stairs to the memorial, lift your eyes up to the frieze (top part of the building) and look at the inscription of the names of 36 states that were part of the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death.
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