The Washington Monument, one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks, has officially been reopened to the public after repairs were completed to restore its structural integrity following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that damaged it more than three years ago.
Designed by architect Robert Mills and constructed in 1848 in honor of the nation’s first president, George Washington, the 555-foot-tall obelisk suffered more than 150 cracks during the quake. But thanks to funding by Congress and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the $15 million renovation is finally complete and the monument is once again open to ticket holders.
The video above, which shows the monument over the course of the three-year repair, was created by EarthCam. (When you have some time to kill, check out their amazing collection of time-lapse videos.) For an inside look at the newly restored landmark, check out this report from CBS This Morning.