Photos Show Cuban Embassy Opening After 54 Years

Crowds gathered on 16th St. NW in Washington, D.C., on Monday as the Cuban Embassy reopened 54 years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower cut off ties with the country in 1961. Onlookers, along with new Cuban Embassy employees, cheered as the Cuban flag was raised.

Below, photos from the reopening of the Cuban Embassy in the U.S.:

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People watch as the Cuban flag is raised in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the first time in 54 years on July 20, 2015.

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Crowds outside the Cuban Embassy after opening for the first time in 54 years on July 20, 2015.

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Crowds gather before the Cuban Embassy opens for the first time in 54 years in Washington, D.C.

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Demonstrators, supporters, critics and journalists crowd the sidewalk across the street from the Cuban Embassy as the Cuban flag is raised in front of the building for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez (2nd R) applauds as the Cuban flag is raised in front of the country's embassy for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Cuban Embassy employees shout 'Viva Cuba!' as the Cuban flag is raised in front of the building for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Cuban Embassy employees watch as the Cuban flag is raised in front of the building for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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The Cuban flag is raised in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C on July 20, 2015.

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Crowds gather before the Cuban Embassy opens for the first time in 54 years in Washington, D.C.

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The Cuban flag flies in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., on July 20, 2015.

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The Cuban flag is raised in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., on July 20, 2015.

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After the flag was raised at the Cuban Embassy, visitors took photos of the embassy from inside on Monday July 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C.