Stern and proud, the great Abraham Lincoln sits in marble-form behind a set of elegant columns. Above him powerful words read, "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever."
Often noted as the greatest of all U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln served during the most critical of all periods in American history. During the crisis of the Civil War, Lincoln was able to reunite the nation, and for that he is remembered and revered.
In the shape of a Greek Doric temple, the Lincoln Memorial was built during the early twentieth century. It is located in front of the Washington Monument and has claimed its place as a symbol of Washington D.C. and the United States. True to the spirit of Lincoln, the memorial was considered a sacred space where protesters could gather during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's.
Today, millions of tourists visit the memorial each year. Featured on the back of the U.S. five dollar bill, shown in countless movies, the Lincoln Memorial is an integral part of Washington D.C. and should not be missed.