Lincoln Memorial, built to honor Abraham Lincoln; the 16th president of the United States is an American national memorial of Washington DC. The construction of the memorial started in 1914 and was finished in 1922. New York architect Henry Bacon had designed the Lincoln Memorial.
The memorial is very much for several important speeches including Martin Luther King jr.’s “I have a dream” in 1963. The architecture of the memorial is similar to a Greek temple with 36 columns representing the 36 states of the country at the time of Lincoln’s death. The memorial has a marble statue of Lincoln having a height of 19 feet and a weight of 175 tons seated at the center. The statue is inscribed with two well-known speeches of Lincoln, Gettysburg Address and the Second inaugural address.
Lincoln Memorial is situated at the western end of the national mall in Washington D.C. As there is only limited parking space, it is better to visit the memorial by foot or taking the tour. Smithsonian, Farragut North, Federal Triangle, Metro Center, McPherson Square, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter and Farragut West includes some of the nearest metro stations to get into the memorial.
The Reflecting pool at the base of Lincoln Memorial steps was renovated and reopened in 2012. The reflections of Washington Monument, National Mall and Lincoln Memorial in the pool are a beautiful and gorgeous view.
If you are planning to visit Lincoln Memorial, you should keep in mind some tips to make your visit most memorable. Let’s have a look at these tips.
Tips before Visiting Lincoln Memorial
- Choose early morning or night to visit the memorial. Because during this time, the flow of visitors to the memorial will be very less. At night, you can also enjoy the beauty of the structure with illuminations.
- Make sure to avoid public holidays for the visit.
- The easiest way to the Lincoln Memorial is walking directly south from the metro stop named Foggy Bottom.
- The memorial is opened 24 hours a day.
- For any assistance, you can contact the National Park Service rangers who are in duty from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.
- Entrance to the memorial is free of cost and it is fully wheelchair accessible.
- Take your own time to enjoy the beauty of inscriptions and architectural details.
- Take advantage of the ranger program to learn about the history of Abraham Lincoln and the memorial.
- Enjoy the view across the Reflecting Pool and National Mall by climbing the top steps of the Lincoln Memorial.