Washington, D.C.: Hundreds of lamps light up Washington Monument

 
 
The Washington Monument is lit while undergoing repairs, with the U.S. Capitol behind.
The Washington Monument is lit while undergoing repairs, with the U.S. Capitol behind.
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While the Washington Monument is closed for earthquake damage repairs over the next year, 488 lamps will restore the marble tower’s glow each night on the National Mall. The National Park Service lit up the monument for the first time on Monday evening — and will continue to do so each night at dusk. A crowd gathered on the Mall and at the Lincoln Memorial as the park service turned on the lights of a decorative design in sections, starting at the bottom. “We know that our visitors are disappointed that they can’t actually go up in the monument,” said National Mall Superintendent Bob Vogel. “So, we hope that this will make up for it just a little.” The monument is expected to reopen this spring.

Details: www.nationalmall.org.

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