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Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial or the Lincoln Memorial is located in the capital of the United States of America, and could not be any other city than this one, Washington DC, the city in which all the presidents of America live during their mandate. It is quite famous and one of my favourites.

President Lincoln

If you do not know President Lincoln yet, you only have to look at a dollar penny or a five dollar bill, wherein the main part you can see the face of this president, and on the back, the Memorial of which I am speaking in this article. And, for those of you that are not enough, I am going to give you a summary of the relevance of this President and for which he has won this magnificent monument.

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States of America and the first president of the Republican Party (in the United States there are two major parties, the Republican, and the Democratic). He was elected President on March 4, 1961.

He is due to the abolition of slavery due to a series of measures introduced in his government, the Proclamation of Emancipation in 1863 being the most relevant. The Civil War was another of the important events that had to face during his presidency, and it was facing the states of the North with those of the South. He is also known for his mastery of rhetoric and for the great speeches he made.

He was re-elected as President of the US on March 4, 1965. However, he was assassinated on April 15 at the Ford Theater while attending the representation of a play by an actor who shot him from behind, jumped from the balcony and managed to flee until he was captured later and killed. His death shocked the entire country, and he was one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States.


The statue of President Lincoln is inside a building that has the shape of a Doric Greek temple, in which 36 ten-meter-high columns represent the 36 states that existed when President Lincoln died. And, under the frieze are written the 48 states that were in the United States at the time the monument was inaugurated (only Alaska and Hawaii are missing, but there is an inscription on the terrace that leads to the monument of these two states). I love the monuments written by the states of the United States since I am trying to learn them all and this helps me memorize them better.

The 48 states that are registered are therefore: Wyoming, Maryland, California, Washington, Delaware, Nevada, Montana, Alabama, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon, Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hamphise, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota , South Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Virgina, West Virginia, Maine and Massachusetts.

The statue of President Lincoln is 6 meters high and another 6 meters wide (it looks like a giant square block) and represents President Lincoln, who is sitting and seems to be thoughtful, with one hand closed and one hand open, Looking at the Reflecting Pool. The statue is made of marble blocks. I find it impressive and magnificent, mainly because of its size and how realistic it is.

On the wall behind the statue, you can read the following inscription “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 translation of the inscription would be “In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom the union was saved, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is consecrated forever.”

In addition to this inscription, two of President Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches are recorded. The Gettysburg Address is on the south wall and Lincoln’s second inaugural address is on the north wall. I do not write the speeches because they are very long, but you have the following photo, or you can read them online, they are very interesting.

Museum and Souvenir Shop

The Lincoln Memorial, not only has the statue of President Lincoln, but also has a mini-museum on the lower level where you can see the evolution of the construction of the Memorial, videos, and photos of events that have taken place in the monument, like Martin Luther King’s speech in which he pronounces his famous phrase “I have a dream …”. It is worth visiting, since the visit to the rest of the monument is quite short, and so it becomes more complete, and for those who do not know why Lincoln is important or the relevance of the memorial, you can inform yourself and leave with a better taste of mouth.

Although it seems that not because of the size of the monument, it also has its souvenir shop, it is minimal and narrow, but it is worth visiting to see all the souvenirs with President Lincoln, which one cannot even imagine.

Reflecting Pool

Nor should we forget the reflecting pool that is right in front of the monument, and that separates the Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Monument. It is really famous, and with it, they have taken the best and most famous photos of these two monuments, as well as Washington DC.

Additional Information

This monument is quite mediatic, since it has appeared in movies (Forrest Gump, Independence Day …), in television series (I know this monument before it is because I saw it in The Simpsons when Lisa needs help on her speech in Washington DC), as well as in music videos, video games, etc.

If you want to eat something there are two options, either bring your food, either a snack, or better yet, a picnic, or eat it in the green area of the National Mall, or on the same stairs leading to the Lincoln Memorial. Or, go to the canteen near the Memorial and buy a sandwich, some chicken sticks, or something of the kind, although it is a little expensive (be careful with the birds in the canteen, they almost eat my food).

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