The city's most prominent landmark is set to open after renovations after three years

The Washington Monument in the U.S. capital will re–open to the public on May 12 after nearly three years of renovations.

The works were needed after an earthquake near Washington DC in 2011 caused damage to the monument and forced extensive restoration.

Tickets for the first public tours at 1 p.m. local time on May 12 will be available ons–site starting at 8:30 am.

On site, tickets are free, but visitors usually have to wait at the ticket office and again at the monument. Online, there is a small charge for advance tickets, but this eliminates waiting.

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