The Lincoln Memorial sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and overlooks the Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial, and the Washington Monument. The memorial was designed by Henry Bacon in the style of a Greek Doric temple and is made from Indiana limestone and Yule marble. It is elegant and impressive in its simplicity. It celebrates the life of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, and his legacy of reunification and emancipation.
Inside the memorial is a large seated statue of Abraham Lincoln, sculpted by Daniel Chester French from white Georgia marble. There are also inscriptions from two of Lincoln’s well known speeches. His moving words are still relevant and powerful today.
The statue sits beneath the following inscription, “In this temple, as in the hearts of people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
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The memorial is especially lovely at night, when the marble and limestone glow under the memorial lights.