The Lincoln Memorial at night

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is at its most stunning at night. It is carefully lit in a neutral bright light.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln himself is lit in cooler light, and it highlights him. That and his immensity draw people to him.

Lincoln Memorial

If you see nothing else at the National Mall, see Lincoln. He really is compelling.

Lincoln Memorial

His space is remarkable, too, especially at night. The signs all ask for visitors quiet reverence, but even when they ignore the signs the space’s stark airiness creates that reverence in you.

Lincoln Memorial

The glass ceiling tiles are the only light that isn’t neutral or cool in this space, and they stand in contrast.

Lincoln Memorial

From here it’s easy to see the Washington Monument, itself lit in the night.

Lincoln Memorial

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10 responses to “The Lincoln Memorial at night”

  1. Susie Avatar

    This is SO COOL. I love the night lighting—the photos came out beautifully and capture the feeling of the Memorial so well!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m so glad we stuck around in DC past sundown to see it!

  2. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    We were there many years ago but it was during the day …. wish I could have seen it at night with the lighting. Very impressive. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      If you ever go back, do explore the Mall after dark. It’s a whole different experience!

      1. TBM3FAN Avatar
        TBM3FAN

        Noted. I can just see and feel the power and reverence of the monument. Would be nice to have some of that today.

  3. SilverFox Avatar
    SilverFox

    Didn’t know it was lit up like that at night. Wished I had gone visited it as I was right there after dark on July 4th 2016… opportunity missed :(
    Very nice pictures they came out stunning.
    I don’t remember those barriers on the steps when we were there I’ll have to go back and check my photos now.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’ll just have to plan a return trip!

      The barriers were there on my 1993 trip:

      https://flic.kr/p/269c2iu

      1. SilverFox Avatar
        SilverFox

        Just my poor memory then :)

  4. Sam Avatar

    I’m partial to night shots, great pics!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! I’m so happy we got to see this at night.

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