Isabel and I just can’t seem to stay away from the National Mall. Whether we’re visiting the Smithsonian Castle, the Capitol Building, or skating to the White House, this greenspace in the middle of Washington, D.C. is one of our absolutely-positively favorite places.
Today, we decided to visit the Lincoln Memorial. It’s a really cool site to experience. And as always, we’ve learned so much.
For example…did you know that construction of the memorial began 50 years after Mr. Lincoln’s death? And when it was completed, this building was one of the first to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Oh…and did you know that there are 87 total steps from the reflecting pool (where I’m sitting) to the Lincoln Memorial? Okay, smarty-pants, well even if you did know, I bet you didn’t realize that 87 is equal to “fourscore and seven years” like Mr. Lincoln said in his famous Gettysburg Address.
Speaking of the Lincoln Memorial, one of the original designs for it was a stepped pyramid! Yep, just like in Ancient Egypt. Can you imagine a massive pyramid resting beside the Potomac River today? Well, don’t get your brain twisted into too many knots because, of course, they choose the current design which based upon the Greek Parthenon.
Actually, this current memorial still seems to have some Nile Valley roots. I’ve seen lots of pictures of the Great Egyptian King Ramesses II, and he’s often shown sitting on his throne in the exact same way as Abraham Lincoln…so I still think the designers of this memorial took notes from Egypt.
What do you think?