Lincoln Memorial (Washington DC)
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
The Lincoln Memorial is a highlight of any visit to Washington DC. It was built to remember one of the most important figures in the history of the United States: Abraham Lincoln. Not only is it one of the most iconic memorials, but it is easy to visit and a great photo opportunity.
The Lincoln Memorial
- Construction of the memorial started in 1914 and it was dedicated on May 30, 1922.
- The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day.
- No ticket, fee or security check was necessary for visitors (in April 2015).
- There is an exhibition on the ground floor (on the left side if you stand in front of the memorial and look up the stairs). There are also free toilets.
- The Lincoln Memorial is located at 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.
- Find out more at the National Park Service website
Key facts about Abraham Lincoln
- February 12th, 1809 – April 15th, 1865
- 16th president of the USA
- Led the Union (Northern states) to victory against the Confederated States of America (Southern states) in the American Civil War (1861-65)
- Issued the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and helped push through the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which permanently outlawed slavery
- Also famous for the Gettysburg Address (1863)
High resolution (and some additional) photos of the Lincoln Memorial are available on my flickr album.
Gettysburg Address (1863)
The Gettysburg Address was delivered by Lincoln on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union’s victory at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. […]