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A View From the Top of the Washington Monument

Reporter Mark Segraves took an exclusive tour 500 feet above D.C. to see the repair work being done on the Washington Monument.

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A view of the National Mall from inside the scaffolding on the Washington Monument. The monument has been undergoing repairs since a 2011 earthquake caused significant damage. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Looking up the ladder that takes workers from a platform 491 feet in the air to the top of the monument's pyramid. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Looking up the ladder that takes workers from a platform 491 feet in the air to the top of the monument's pyramid. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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James Perry of the National Park Service points to a "Dutchman," a technique used to replace a fallen piece of the exterior. The piece used is from the same quarry as the original stone, so it shows what the monument would have looked like when first built, before generations of weathering. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Weather damage at 491 feet (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Working inside the scaffolding at 413 feet. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Working inside the scaffolding at 413 feet. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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From the monument's 491 foot platform. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Looking up the elevator shaft. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Looking over downtown from the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The Lincoln Monument from the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The World War II memorial from the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The Jefferson Memorial from inside the scaffolding. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The Smithsonian Castle from the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. monument from the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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Shooting a News4 story about the repairs being done to the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The Jefferson Memorial from 491 feet up. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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From the monument's 491 foot platform. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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The Kennedy Center from the Washington Monument. (Photo: Mark Segraves)
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