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Iconic Monument Re-Opened to Public

Washington Monument

In August 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the nation’s capital, cracking the Washington Monument’s marble and mortar. After being closed for 33 months, the Washington Monument is now open for visitors. The full restoration cost $15 million includes new exhibits and visitors can once again ride an elevator to the highest point in the Washington, D.C.

And inside at the top, you can see the very structure of government. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis told CBS News, “You can get an iconic view, whether it’s Arlington Cemetery, or the White House, or the Lincoln Memorial, or the Capitol, so it’s all of those views.”

Get an inside look at the monument: