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National Cathedral to open damaged tower for 1 day

National Cathedral to open quake-damaged central tower for 1 day, visitors can climb to top By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Washington National Cathedral will open its central tower, which sustained significant damage during an earthquake last August, for one day.

The tower has been deemed structurally sound and safe for visitors and will be open to the public Saturday for a "tower climb," a semi-regular tradition.

The cathedral says visitors will be able to climb the 333 steps from the ground to the top of the tower. The climb takes approximately 45 minutes.

Repairs to the cathedral after the earthquake are expected to cost $20 million. Approximately $2 million has been raised.

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