Lincoln Memorial is located at the west end of Washington D.C.’s National Mall. It is one of the most beloved American monuments. It was built to honour the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln. He was one of the most cherished Presidents of the United States. Construction of this monument began on February 12, 1915 and it was dedicated on May 30, 1922. It was designed by architect Henry Bacon. This memorial was first proposed in 1867 but Congress approved the funding in 1910. Initial estimated cost was $2 million but the actual cost was $3 million when construction work was finished.
Fast Facts: –
- The 190 feet tall statue of Abraham Lincoln was designed by Daniel Chester French in 1920.
- It was originally decided to be only 3 meters tall but eventually it turned out to be 5.8 meters tall.
- This statue is accompanied by the two of his best speeches inscribed on the walls of the building.
- Approximately 4 million people visit this monument every year.
- The backside of the five dollar bill displays the Lincoln Memorial with his face portrayed on the front.
- Until 2008, it was also seen on the backside of the US penny.
- West Potomac Park was rejected as a site for the monument because the area is known to be swampy.
- The inaugural speech of President Lincoln is inscribed on the North wall of the building.
- The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day and the NPS staff is present from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
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