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The Lincoln Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 14 June 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Lincoln Memorial, designed after the temples of ancient Greece, is significant as America's foremost memorial to her 16th president, as a totally original example of neoclassical architecture, and as the formal terminus to the extended National Mall in accordance with the McMillan Plan for the monumental core of Washington, DC.

The exterior of the memorial echos a classic Greek temple and features Yule marble. The structure measures 189.7 feet by 118.5 feet and is 99 feet tall. It is surrounded by a peristyle of 36 fluted Doric columns, one for each of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death, and two columns in-antis at the entrance behind the colonnade. The columns stand 44 feet tall with a base diameter of 7.5 feet. Each column is built from 12 drums including the capital. The columns, like the exterior walls and façades, are inclined slightly toward the building's interior. This is to compensate for perspective distortions which would otherwise make the Memorial appear asymmetrical.

Photo taken May 5, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/10.0 ISO 100 28 mm

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice work on this and I really like the bright blue sky with the small touch of cloud! Thanks for the history also! Amazing!

14 Jun 2010 5:04am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Now, what a fantastic perspective on this one!
As always your compositions are perfectly different in my opinion - really nice job Steven And the background information is really appreciated. Great stuff!

14 Jun 2010 1:03pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the little wisp of clouds.

14 Jun 2010 1:05pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Great temple! In this vast park it has a strong impact.

14 Jun 2010 1:20pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice perspective of it Steve, different to the normal head on views available all over the internet.

14 Jun 2010 6:22pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Beautiful shot.... another five star for me.

14 Jun 2010 8:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice. Excellent detail.

14 Jun 2010 9:53pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Been there. A magnificent place and a wonderful way to remember this great American. Am curious as to who is in the crowd on the steps. Make that "nosy" as in, I want to know. Heh.

14 Jun 2010 10:46pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is beautiful! Color, composition,beautiful! This should be in a magazine!

15 Jun 2010 12:00am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very beautiful image of this great memorial! I like this a lot.

15 Jun 2010 3:04am

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Another one of those postcards right there as it sits.. and a 5!

15 Jun 2010 11:31pm