Facing a $26 million earthquake repair bill and years of financial woes, the Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral will start charging visitors in 2014, a change officials had long resisted. Adults will be charged $10; seniors, students, children, veterans and military members will be charged $6, according to cathedral officials. Regular worship services and Sundays will remain free of charge. The ticket plan is scheduled for a six-month trial run starting in January. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August 2011 damaged the cathedral’s central tower, flying buttresses, decorative finials and intricate stonework. About $10 million has been raised toward a $26 million repair bill.
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