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Washington Monument to be shut down for two years

Safety concerns over the elevator will close the Washington Monument. (Source: CNN) Safety concerns over the elevator will close the Washington Monument. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - If you want to see the inside of the Washington Monument, you will have to wait.

The legendary landmark will remain closed for at least two and a half years. Since August, there have been significant safety concerns about the monument's elevators system.

David Rubenstein, a billionaire philanthropist has pledged to finance the repair work, but officials say it will take time. He also funded repairs to the monument following a 2011 earthquake.

Right now the hope is to have the monument open to the public in 2019.

Work on the Washington Monument started in 1848 and it was dedicated in 1885 and honors our first president, George Washington.

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