Washington Monument reopens

The Washington Monument reopens after being closed for repairs for almost three years due to earthquake damage.

  • People, who are first in line, await for tickets to the re-opened Washington Monument in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Washington Monument is re-opened in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • People take a "selfie" with their tickets for the re-opening of the Washington Monument in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • A girl shakes hands with a man dressed as the Washington Monument at the monument's re-opening ceremony in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • A cyclist passes re-opened Washington Monument in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Free from its scaffolding, the Washington Monument is re-opened to the public ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • The west-facing side of the Washington Monument is photographed the day after an earthquake shook the east coast ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • A close up view of the Washington Monument shows visible damages in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Handout photograph shows small cracks from the inside of the Washington Monument ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Handout photograph shows inspectors working inside the Washington Monument ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • A worker prepares rappelling lines at the top of the Washington Monument as inspections to the structure begin Clarissa Cavalheiro Clarissa Cavalheiro

  • A woman walks up to the Washington Monument in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Obama returns on board Marine One helicopter in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Undated photo of Washington Monument taken from National Park Service helicopter ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • An art installation of 857 empty school desks stands at the National Mall, near the Washington Monument, in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Fireworks light up the sky over the United States Capitol dome and the Washington Monument as the U.S. celebrates its 235th Independence Day in Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • The White House is seen near the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial (R) Washington ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Downtown Washington is seen in an aerial view ExeUser ExeUser ExeUser

  • Cherry trees bloom in view of the Washington Monument during the National Cherry Blossom Festival along the Tidal Basin in Washington Nadhirah Kamarudin Reuters

  • The White House is seen with the Washington Monument behind it and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Hazliza Hazlan Reuters