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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington Dc

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is on my top five things not to miss when visiting Washington DC. It is something you need to experience in person. The scale and architecture is more grandiose than you can possibly imagine. I along with everyone in my party was left blown away. It is spectacular so make sure to make time to see this during your visit.

The Lincoln Memorial

What is the Lincoln Memorial?

The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The Greek Doric shaped Memorial building is 190 feet long and 119 feet wide, and reaches a height of almost 100 feet. There are 36 columns, each one representing one state in the U.S. at the date of President Lincoln’s death.

Inside you will find a 19 foot tall 175-ton statue of Abraham Lincoln.  To the left of the statue is Lincoln’s great speech, the Gettysburg Address. Every single word of the Address is etched into the wall. To the right is the entire Second Inaugural Address, given in March of 1865.

 

The Lincoln Memorial

When to Visit

Located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. across from the Washington Monument the Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. I visited twice and each time I went during the evening. It was not too crowded and I had a spectacular view of the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument lit up at night.

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The Exorcist Steps in Georgetown Washington DC

the exorcist steps

The Exorcist steps are famous for being featured in one of the scariest horror films of all time, The Exorcist. The book and film are loosely based on an actual events.  The novel was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism that American author William Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University.  The Academy Award winning movie which came out in 1973 is about an actress filming in Georgetown who seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter when the teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity.

the exorcist steps

The Exorcist steps are 75 concrete stairs located in Georgetown at the corner of Prospect St NW and 36th St NW, leading down to M Street NW.  The stairs were built in 1890 as a shortcut between M Street and Prospect Street.

I visited right before sunset and did find the place creepy.  Nested between an ivy covered stone wall and a brick warehouse with dumpsters overflowing with stinky garbage.

Yes, they are very long and steep.  The height of the steps are equivalent to a five story building.  I gripped the railing all the way down pausing only to snap some pics.

exorcist stairs

The stairs appear in the scene where the priest sacrifices his life to save the girl.  This is a definite stop to take photos for every horror movie fan.  A visit an iconic spot in cinema history is a must. It’s one of the most famous steps in the world.

On Halloween of 2015, more than 40 years after the film was released, Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council member Jack Evans memorialized the steps with a plaque with  Director William Friedkin and and writer William Peter Blatty on hand.

 

exorciststeps

Depending on the time of your visit you might find the steps crowded with people exercising and lots of the students from Georgetown University.

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