The Washington Monument was reopened to visitors after 3 years. Read this information to know more about it.
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Washington Monument reopens to public after 3 years

Washington / The Washington Monument, an obelisk in the United States capital’s National Mall, reopened to visitors on Thursday following the completion of a three-year renovation project.

The special guests at the reopening were first lady Melania Trump and a group of 10-year-old students who helped her ceremonially reopen the 170-meter-high (555-foot-high) structure by cutting a red, white and blue ribbon that encircled it.

“5, 4, 3, 2 ..1!” the fourth-graders shouted before bursting into applause when the ribbon fell to the ground.

Melania, who was wearing a white dress, then took a just over one-minute elevator ride to the top of the obelisk, which first opened to the public in 1888 and remains the tallest building in Washington DC.

Tourists on Thursday were eager for the chance to visit the monument, which has a state-of-the-art new elevator with video screens and a security screening facility.

All of the day’s tickets sold out in the first hour, prompting officials to hang up a large red sign with white letters to inform other tourists of the situation.

Frank Dennison, a 69-year-old resident of Austin, Texas, told EFE that he began waiting in line at the Washington Monument at 5.25 am because he wanted his nine-year-old grandson to get a chance to visit this famed tourist attraction.

He added that it would be a great experience for the young boy to go to the top and see the upper part of the structure, a section known as the pyramidion.

“What I’m especially looking forward to is just the excitement on his face,” Dennison said. “I don’t think he’s ever been to anything like this.”

The base of the Washington Monument is surrounded by 50 US flags that fluttered Thursday in a strong, late summer breeze. The obelisk is located on the National Mall, a landscaped park where most of the capital’s monuments are located.

Built between 1848 and 1884 as a memorial to Washington – who had been commander in chief of the Continental Army before serving as the nation’s first president between 1789 and 1797 – the monument is one of the capital’s leading tourist attractions.

According to the National Park Service, it receives around 500,000 visitors every year. (September 19, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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la vestimenta de la primera dama de Estados Unidos en una acto en Washington.
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un monumento a George Washington que se puede volver a visitar.
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la fecha de construcción de un monumento en la capital de EE.UU.
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Leyendo el texto entendemos que estuvo cerrado durante casi tres años... (Reading the text we understand that it was closed for almost three years...)
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porque no recibía muchas visitas.
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para mejorar su estado.
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porque se estaba construyendo por vez primera.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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el monumento a George Washington tiene forma de obelisco.
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tanto la primera dama como el presidente de EE.UU. estuvieron en el acto de reapertura del monumento.
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es posible todavía no se pueda visitar la cima del obelisco.
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Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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el monumento a Washington apenas recibe visitas turísticas.
B
hubo personas de estados vecinos también fueron a visitar el monumento.
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ese día solo visitaron el monumento los residentes de la ciudad de Washington.
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Sobre George Washington se dice que... (About George Washington, it's said that...)
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nació en el siglo diecisiete.
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fue el penúltimo presidente que gobernó en EE.UU.
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nació en el siglo dieciocho.
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'Casi tres años' es lo mismo que decir... ('Casi tres años' is the same thing that...)  
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'aproximadamente tres años'.
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'justo tres años'.
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'más de tres años'.
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Si hay una 'reapertura'... (If there is a 'reapertura'...)  
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se vuelve a abrir algo.
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se abre algo al público por vez primera.
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se cierra algo permanentemente.
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una forma del pretérito perfecto simple del verbo caer.
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una forma del pretérito perfecto simple del verbo callar.
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un sustantivo.
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no se ha vendido ninguna entrada.
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se vendieron todas las entradas.
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todavía quedan unas pocas entradas a la venta.
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el
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la
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lo
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