eReview: Lincoln Memorial
Location: Washington, DC
Review by Chris Aldridge
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most memorable and impressive monuments our country has and is a must-see when visiting the capital. It sits on one end of the Reflecting Pool facing the Washington Monument and the new WW2 memorial in between, with the Potomac River behind it.
The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865). The monument is constructed in the style of a classical Greek temple with 36 columns meant to represent the Union at the time of Abraham Lincoln's death. Inside the large structure, gazing out across the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument, is a gigantic sculpture of Lincoln himself (sculpted by Daniel Chester).
The architect was Henry Beacon and the monument is part of National Capitol Parks
Inscribed on the south wall of the monument is the Gettysburg Address. Above it is a mural painted by Jules Guerin depicting the "angel of truth" freeing a slave. Guerin also painted the unity of North and South mural on the north wall. Etched into the north wall below the mural is Lincoln's second inaugural speech.
Getting to the Monument
Comments on this Review
Comment By: Erich Bittner on March 13 2007
Nice review, the Metro and driving directions are really helpful.