Workers put finishing touches on new gold leaf on Colorado Capitol's dome as reopening nears


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DENVER — Workers are putting the finishing touches on the new gold leaf covering the state Capitol's dome.

They began rappelling down the dome around sunrise Wednesday morning in preparation for the upcoming dedication and reopening of the Capitol's observation deck.

The dome was regilded as part of a $17 million project to restore it both inside and out.

The gold came from Colorado's Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. and was shipped to Florence, Italy, where it was transformed into sheets of gold leaf.

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