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Washington Monument is lit during closure for repair

Image: Visitors lie on grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington
Visitors lie on the grass beneath the newly lit Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., July 8. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting Monday as repair work for 2011 earthquake damage continues on the scaffolding-covered stone obelisk built in two phases, between 1848 and 1884, to honor the first U.S. president.Jonathan Ernst / X01676

From NBC Washington:

One of Washington's most famous landmarks got a new glow Monday evening.

The National Park Service will light the monument each night at dusk, with 488 lamps beautifying the structure while it is closed for earthquake damage repairs over the next year.

"It's kind of like the Eiffel Tower," D.C. resident Jack Spirakes said after the ceremony Monday. Read the full story.