The US Capitol dome

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The US Capitol dome is cocooned in scaffolding in Washington, DC as it undergoes its first comprehensive repairs in more than half a century a century. The two-year, $60 million project is aimed at repairing nearly 1,300 cracks that have emerged in the nine-million-pound (4.1-million-kilogram) cast iron dome, according to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) office. Construction on the dome began in 1855.

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