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Washington Monument: Obelisk in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest predominantly stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7 1132 inches (169.046 m) tall according to the U.S. National Geodetic Survey or 555 feet 5 18 inches (169.294 m) tall according to the National Park Service. It is the tallest monumental column in the world if all are measured above their pedestrian entrances. Overtaking the Cologne Cathedral, it was the tallest structure in the world between 1884 and 1889, after which it was overtaken by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Calendar: Week of September 16

From honors for climate activist Greta Thunberg to the re-opening of the Washington Monument, "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.
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Elevator briefly breaks down at Washington Monument days after reopening

An elevator inside the Washington Monument briefly broke down Saturday. The malfunction comes days after the landmark reopened to the public after three years of being closed for renovations. CBS News'..
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Washington Monument elevator breaks down days after reopening

Visitors were rescued a few at a time by D.C. Fire from a height of nearly 500 feet
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Washington Monument reopens after three years of renovations

The Washington Monument is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 19 after three years of renovation. - Published Also reported by •

Washington Monument reopens, iOS 13 rollout: 5 things you need to know Thursday

2020 candidates to participate in a climate forum at Georgetown University, the Washington Monument reopens and more things to start your Thursday morning. - Published

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Trump announces increases sanctions on Iran; Inside the restored Washington Monument
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9/18/19: Red and Blue

Trump announces increased sanctions on Iran; Going inside the Washington Monument.
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Washington Monument reopening for first time in years

One of America's most cherished landmarks, the Washington Monument, is finally expected to reopen after years. CBS News got a sneak peak. Major Garrett reports.
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Washington Monument to reopen Sept. 19 after 3-year renovation of elevator, security area

The Washington Monument is ready to welcome tourists after a three-year renovation, starting Sept. 19. Find out how to get tickets. - Published

Saturn V Rocket illuminates the Washington Monument celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, thousands of Americans will have a chance to experience the rocket launch. - Published

Fourth of July concert on Capitol lawn

An annual Fourth of July concert was held on the U.S. Capitol lawn, with numerous performers and the National Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture as fireworks began at dusk near.. - Published

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