The Lincoln Memorial is a memorial complex located on the National Mall in downtown Washington. It was built in honor of the sixteenth US President Abraham Lincoln. His presidency took place during the Civil War (1861-1865). The memorial, built between 1914 and 1922, symbolizes Lincoln's belief that all people should be free. The complex is located within the National Mall. The building of the complex is somewhat reminiscent of the ancient Greek Parthenon. The 36-column colonnade symbolizes 36 states (during Lincoln's presidency, there were only 36 states).