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File photo of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington

A statue stands in the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington in this July 31, 2011 file photo. December 2, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Capitol Dome REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)

Renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome

A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn's rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip multiple layers of paint and repair more than 1,000 cracks and broken pieces. The dome will remain illuminated at night and partly visible through the scaffolding and paint-capturing cloths. But the Washington icon -- and portions of the Rotunda's painted ceiling that lies below -- will be significantly obscured for many months. (AP)

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