The Lincoln Memorial is at its most stunning at night. It is carefully lit in a neutral bright light.
Lincoln himself is lit in cooler light, and it highlights him. That and his immensity draw people to him.
If you see nothing else at the National Mall, see Lincoln. He really is compelling.
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.
The glass ceiling tiles are the only light that isn’t neutral or cool in this space, and they stand in contrast.
From here it’s easy to see the Washington Monument, itself lit in the night.
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