The Washington Monument has long been a staple of United States travel, but since it was heavily damaged during an earthquake in 2011, it has been closed to visitors. While the repairs aren't set to be completed until spring 2014 at the earliest, a new project has made the iconic structure an appealing destination once again, according to The Associated Press.
Currently, the monument is surrounded by scaffolding, but recently it was shrouded by a translucent blue cloth, which allows nearly 500 lamps to illuminate the obelisk come nightfall. The soothing blue glow adds a new, unique element to Washington, D.C. This isn't the first time the Washington Monument has looked like this, either. Architect Michael Graves did the same thing more than a decade ago when it was undergoing renovations.
"We know that our visitors are disappointed that they can't actually go up in the monument," National Mall Superintendent Bob Vogel told the AP. "So, we hope that this will make up for it just a little."
The timetable for the repairs has been hard to pin down largely because it took a considerable amount of time to determine the extent of the damage.