Matthew Girard of the engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates took this vertiginous fisheye photograph from the top of the Washington monument in Washington, D.C. last fall, as his firm was repairing damage to the monument sustained in an earthquake a year ago.
Tourists can see a similar view from the top of the monument—but without 32-year-old Emma Cardini of WJE's Difficult-Access Team hanging on ropes off the eastern face of the 169-meter-high structure.
A series of pictures taken by WJE workers was recently featured in the Washington Post.
(Thanks to Ed Kirkpatrick)
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Featured Comment by Roger Bradbury: "I had no idea that the monument was quite so big, or that you could get inside it. I was very surprised to see WJE's Difficult-Access Team in a room, paying lines out of a window."
Mike replies: Roger, each side of the base of the monument is 55 feet (just under 17 meters) wide. The walls are 15 feet thick at the base.
Here's a picture I found online that will give you a good sense of its scale.