The Lincoln Memorial is one of the main attractions in Washington, which is located in the city center on the National Mall. The monument, which was seen by many - it is often played up in movies and cartoons. And for good reason.
Something about Abraham Lincoln
Almost all American children at least once spoke to the public in a top hat, with false beard and mole. Lincoln is perhaps the most famous political figure, and this title has good reasons.
Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States during the Civil War. He came from a poor family of farmers, received his own education and made his way first to the lawyer and then to the political elite of the country.
Almost immediately after his appointment began the clashes of the northern and southern states. Lincoln called for unification, but it still came to war. As a result, the north under the leadership of Lincoln defeated the southern Confederation. In the United States, slavery was abolished, and former adversaries were able to find common points of contact.
Also, when it was built the first transcontinental railroad, the development of western lands and many more important, strengthening the state and the spirit of citizens affairs began.
In the history of Lincoln remained as "Uncle Abe". And it’s hard to describe what a shock to the nation was his murder - Lincoln died from a shot in the head from a supporter of the southerners who lost the war.
More about the memorial
Lincoln Memorial is a rare case when the scale of the monument corresponds to the scale of the individual. The decision on the construction was made in 1867, and the construction was developed only in 1914. The memorial was ready after another 8 years - by that time only one son could see him from the entire Lincoln family.
The memorial looks like an ancient Greek temple is not accidental - this form was chosen for deep symbolism, although it was considered too elaborate for a modest Lincoln. On these steps, made of limestone and marble, many significant speeches were delivered, including the historical performance of Martin Luther King.
The building is surrounded by 36 columns by the number of states that united at the time of Lincoln's death. By the time of the end of their construction it became even more.
As a result, it was decided to put the names of the 48 united states on the outer walls. Even later, in front of the entrance, two stone slabs were installed with the names of two more - Alaska and Hawaii.
The pavilion houses a six-meter marble statue. The monument's author, Daniel French, depicted Lincoln sitting and looking thoughtfully towards the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Directly above it is an engraving with the phrase: "The memory of Abraham Lincoln will forever remain in this temple and the hearts of the people for whom he has kept unity".
The walls are also decorated with engravings with speeches of the President, which he was famous for. Including speech at his inauguration.
The Lincoln Memorial has been repeatedly criticized for nothing. And for the size, and for bad taste, and even for color. But the fact that he was needed, no one had any doubts. The memorial is open around the clock, every year more than 6 million people come here.
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