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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 11/11/2011

National Cathedral reopening

Workers inspect the National Cathedral’s northwest tower in October. (Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post)
The Washington area was fortunate to escape much in the way of serious damage from August’s magnitude-5.8 earthquake, with two landmark exceptions: Both the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral suffered structural damage, and while the monument remains closed indefinitely, the cathedral is reopening this weekend.

Two tons of damaged stonework were removed by crane from the cathedral’s central tower in an effort to stabilize it last month. It worked: A religious service, the consecration of the ninth Episcopal bishop of Washington, is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. Tours of the cathedral will resume Sunday (we wrote about the weekly Tour and Tea earlier this year).

Other highlights of the cathedral’s reopening schedule include an interfaith concert, with contributions from the Hindu, Jewish, Sikh and Protestant faiths, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. There’s also a performance by the cathedral’s chamber voice ensemble of works by Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.

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