The Lincoln Memorial, a large shrine to America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, is one of the most important landmarks in Washington. The memorial is modeled after a Greek Doric Temple with 36 columns each 33 feet tall. The interior of the memorial contains a large sculpture of a seated Lincoln carved by Daniel Chester French. It also features inscriptions of two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. Abraham Lincoln is widely considered one of the greatest leaders in American history, as he guided a torn nation through the Civil War.
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by President Warren G. Harding on May 30, 1922. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the front of the memorial. 250,000 people were said to be in attendance.