Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #44: Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial.  Washington DC.  August 2013

Overview of Lincoln Memorial

The great Lincoln Memorial is a national monument in America. It was built to honor America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln memorial is located on the National Mall in Washington DC and is one of the popular and recognizable sites in America. The memorial is built with 36 iconic columns. Inside the memorial is a statue of one of America’s all time hero, Abraham Lincoln. His statue is flanked with the writings of what is considered to be his famous speech. The place is considered sacred by most Americans. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his famous “I have a Dream Speech” in this Memorial. The memorial is administered by the National Park Service.

Top Attractions 
This is the popular tourist attraction here at this memorial. There is a wonderful statue of the 16th president of America, Abraham Lincoln, lying between the north and south chambers in the central hall. The statue was curved under the supervision of Daniel Chester French. The actual work of carving was done by the Piccirilli brothers. The statue is 10 feet tall.

History
The history of America is also stored in here. And if you want to know more about Abraham Lincoln and also read his famous speech, just get in here.

Sacred

Americans consider this place to be sacred. In this regard, Martin Luther King, Jr made his popular speech here at Lincoln memorial noting the fact that he was standing in the symbolic shadow of a great American.

How to get there
The most convenient way of getting to the memorial is by the use of metro or bus. There are few parking slots around the memorial. Therefore, you are advised to leave your car at home when visiting Lincoln Memorial.


15 comments:

  1. According to one source, Lincoln's hands were cast to create a mold for the artist to use. Then the artist actually made his work of the hands based off that mold. Such realistic details, makes me wonder if they cast more than his hands. :D

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  2. This article reminds me of my days in High School. My history teacher taught us so much about Abraham Lincoln to the extent that we nicknamed him Lincoln jnr. But this article just refreshed my memories as if I was right there in class. ...One of his favorite quotes I love is this ''When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees'' Abraham Lincoln.

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  3. ....and here is another one again. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Stephannie. Lincoln is my favorite US president.

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  4. Anonymous6/16/2015

    I really like the article, Abraham Lincoln was a great man, but why exactly cant someone go with his private car. Is there no car park or provision for those that may not want to take the public transport?

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    1. there is no harm in trying, but experience is the best teacher and Kate has the experience.

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    2. Public transportation is great in Washington DC. I walked everywhere though.

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  5. Nice article, I hope to see this place in reality one day.

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  6. I was looking this up online to find out more about the Lincoln Memorial and found out some interesting facts, such as how this statue was actually started on his birthday Feb 22, (though this was many years after Lincoln's death). Also, the statue is made of Georgia marble.

    And, there is an inscription behind the statue of Lincoln that reads as follows:
    "IN THIS TEMPLE
    AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
    FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
    THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    IS ENSHRINED FOREVER."

    What do you think about that? :)

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    1. (: Yes, saw that statement right behind the president's statue. See more photos here:
      http://katetun.blogspot.com/2013/08/lincoln-memorial.html

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  7. What an historic place to be. Lincoln was a great president .

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  8. He was one of the greatest vampire slayers of any generation, and single-handedly stopped the horrors of the night from taking roots in the US.

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    1. Who were the vqmpires he slayed?

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