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The Lincoln Memorial is a United States Presidential Memorial built for United States President Abraham Lincoln. To be honest it is not my favourite piece of architecture in Washington, DC.

Standing apart from the somewhat triumphal and Roman manner of most of the US capital, the memorial takes the severe form of a Greek Doric temple. It is "peripteral", with 36 massive columns, each 10 meters (33 feet) high, entirely surrounding the cella of the building itself, which rises above the porticos. Five adults holding hands cannot quite embrace the columns.

By a happy afterthought, the 36 columns required for the design were seen to represent the 36 states of the Union at the time of Lincoln's death, and their names were inscribed in the entablature above each column. The names of the 48 states of the Union when the Memorial was completed are carved on the exterior attic walls, and a later plaque commemorates the admission of Alaska and Hawaii. At least I've got to know that the two last states were admitted to the USA in 1959. See my next pictures, please.



Address: 23rd Street, NW; Washington, DC
Directions: Located at the western end of the National Mall, on the bank of the Potomac River, 1.9 miles (3 km) east of the Capitol Hill. Map here
othercontact: +1 (202) 485 9880
Phone: +1 (202) 426 6841
Website: http://www.nps.gov/linc

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2006
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