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USA: Washington Monument's $15 million view reopens to the public

United States, Washington D.C.
May 12, 2014 at 17:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Washington Monument's $15 million view reopens to the public

The Washington Monument officially reopened to the public on Monday after three years of renovation work. The 130-year-old marble and granite obelisk, built in honour of George Washington, was damaged during the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia in August 2011.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of the White House officials and the main contributor to the reconstruction project, David Rubinstein. Rubinstein donated USD $7.5 million (EUR 5.5 million) for the restoration, matching Congress funds set aside and giving the project a $15 million budget.

The nearly 170 metre (557 feet) monument was the tallest building in the world at time of completion in 1884.

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USA: Washington Monument's $15 million view reopens to the public

The Washington Monument officially reopened to the public on Monday after three years of renovation work. The 130-year-old marble and granite obelisk, built in honour of George Washington, was damaged during the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia in August 2011.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of the White House officials and the main contributor to the reconstruction project, David Rubinstein. Rubinstein donated USD $7.5 million (EUR 5.5 million) for the restoration, matching Congress funds set aside and giving the project a $15 million budget.

The nearly 170 metre (557 feet) monument was the tallest building in the world at time of completion in 1884.

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