The Washington Monument, the towering marble-and-concrete tribute to America's first president, has re-opened after being shuttered to the public for nearly three years.
The monument shut down after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Washington area in August 2011 and caused widespread damage to the 555-foot obelisk.
But after 32 months of repairs, the huge cracks that let in daylight and pelting rain have been repaired and sealed, and the elevator providing visitors a quick 70-second ride to the top has been fixed.
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