Washington Monument engineers to check out National Cathedral

(Photo: National Park Service)

The engineers who examined the Washington Monument will be handing around D.C. for a little longer.

The engineers will now inspect the Washington National Cathedral, which was closed in August after the earthquake hit the D.C. area and damaged the cathedral.

The engineers will scale the Cathedral and are set to inspect the front entrance towers, also known as the St. Peter and St. Paul towers. They will begin work on Oct. 17.

The climbers will inspect the 301 foot-tall center tower that sustained the main damage, but may discover additional damages that weren't seen originally.

Washington's largest church has been closed since the earthquake. The cathedral estimates repairs will cost $25 million.

The bishop of the national cathedral is now responsible for raising the necessary funds.

“We're going to have to rely on a lot of prayer and a lot of confidence that people will respond but I believe with my whole heart we are not talking about an impossible number,” the Rev. John Bryson Chane said.

The cathedral has tens of thousands of supporters across the country.

“They won't have trouble coming up with the money, it's kind of a national icon,” said visitor Rick McKenzie.

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