National Cathedral opens for "tower climb" tradition

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington National Cathedral is opening its central tower, which sustained significant damage during last year's August earthquake, for one day to visitors.

The tower will be open to the public Saturday for a "tower climb," a semi-regular tradition.

The tower has been deemed structurally sound and safe for visitors.

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.

Reservations are required on the cathedral's website.

Repairs to the cathedral after the August earthquake are expected to cost $20 million.

Approximately $2 million has been raised so far.