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Lincoln Memorial

Visitors to the United States capital have a wonderful variety of memorials, statues, museums and national attractions to visit. One such attraction is the Lincoln Memorial. This Greek Doric temple, located on the National Mall, honors Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth United States President.

The memorial was built between 1912 and 1922, across from the Washington Monument along the Potomac River in Washington D.C.'s West Potomac Park. The memorial features a 19-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln seated and inscriptions of The Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

The memorial also features thirty-six fluted Doric columns, representing the number of states in the Union in 1865, as well as the names and dates of the thirty-six states. In 1963, the memorial was the site of the famous Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech, at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, attended by 250,000 people.

The memorial, along with several other national monuments, has been administered by the National Park Service since 1965. In 1966, the memorial was added to the list of National Register of Historic Places.

Address: West Potomac Park at 23rd Street NW Washington, Washington D.C. 20024  |  Phone: 202-426-6841
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