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The Lincoln Memorial

History

The Lincoln Memorial was built for Abraham Lincoln. It was finished on May 30, 1922. It was also opened to the public the same day. It was designed by Henry Bacon and sculpted by Daniel Chester French. It is made of 28 blocks of white marble joined together making it look like it is carved from one marble.

Design

The statue stands at 19-foot made of Georgia white marble. The Memorial includes 36 columns for each state in the union until Lincoln's death in 1865. The statue weighs 900 tons.

Cool facts

The Memorial was made to look like the Parthenon Temple in Greece. It is sited directly in line with the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. The Statue stands at the west end of the Mall.

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