Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


Fifth in my series of memorials and monuments of Washington D.C., is my visit to The Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial located on the National Mall.





The Great Emancipator

“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States-the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War-sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.

Lincoln not only saved the union, preserving both its government and boundaries, he reinvigorated the nation’s founding principle — that all men are created equal.



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Thomas Jefferson is one of the greatest figures in the history of the nation. The author of the Declaration of Independence was one of the founding fathers of the United States.
A firm believer in equal rights, democracy, education available to all, freedom of religion and separation between church and state, he gave form to the nascent nation still searching for its identity. Besides being a politician, Jefferson was also an architect, a writer, musician, scientist and inventor.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, is America’s foremost memorial to our third president. As an original adaptation of Neoclassical architecture, it is a key landmark in the monumental core of Washington, DC. The circular, colonnaded structure in the classic style was introduced to this country by Thomas Jefferson. Architect John Russell Pope used Jefferson’s own architectural tastes in the design of the Memorial. His intention was to synthesize Jefferson’s contribution as a statesman, architect, President, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, adviser of the Constitution and founder of the University of Virginia.

I was only in the city for one day and was not able to visit the inside of these memorials. I hope in a future visit I will be able to photograph the inside.

Tour tip: My visit to the National Mall and the memorials and monuments was a walking tour.  My advice is to wear comfortable shoes and carry bottled water or some sort of liquid.  By the time we reached the Jefferson Memorial I was to poop to walk closer to it. 🙂  My photos were taken from a distance before we arrived there.




  1. wow I want to sit there and watch life all around too!

  2. This is on my bucket list!

  3. You must have done a lot of touring to get all these photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    • I visited all the memorials and monuments on the National Mall in one day. I still have photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial to post. That will be tomorrow. I really enjoyed the tour, but I slept all the way home. Next time I think I will stay a couple of days.

  4. Someday….In the meantime, thanks for taking us along 🙂

  5. Beautifully done! Reading the comments, Francine, I’m amazed that you tackled all of DC’s monuments in one day! Of course you slept all the way home. I surprised they could wake you once the bus reached Pittsburgh! They would have left me on the bus and come back the next morning.

  6. A priceless treasure indeed. A treasure we need to cherish and take care today and tomorrow.

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