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See the view from the newly reopened Washington Monument

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The Washington Monument reopened Thursday after being closed for the better part of eight years.

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The monument first closed after it was damaged in an August 2011 earthquake. It reopened in 2014 but closed again two years later after chronic problems with the elevator system; visitors were getting stuck in the elevator several times a week, a National Park Service official told the Associated Press. Security systems were also improved.

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Members of the media were allowed inside on Tuesday, getting a bird’s-eye view from Washington’s tallest structure. The marble obelisk stands at 555 feet, nearly twice the height of the U.S. Capitol.

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First lady Melania Trump attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and was accompanied by local fourth-grade students as part of NPS’s Every Kid in a Park program.

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Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Matt McClain/The Washington Post

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