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St Nicolas Church rising up from Ground Zero

Posted by moodhacker on November 23, 2016 at 11:10 PM

The only church that was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, St Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church is rising again from the rubble and ashes that once littered the region known as Ground Zero in New York City.


Latest construction photos show the 40 ribs of the main dome in place and St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center beginning to take its full shape as a contemporary Greek Orthodox house of worship and a shrine that will welcome all in need of spiritual support, no matter what their religious or faith backgrounds.


Construction of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine, the Greek Orthodox church and nondenominational bereavement center at Ground Zero, is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and began in December 2014.  When the long-stalled project is completed two years from now, it will feature a dome-shaped structure clad in a hi-tech translucent skin of white Vermont marble that will glow softly in the dark.

The project’s architect, Santiago Calatrava, modeled the New York City church after the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, which was the most complex building in antiquity and the largest Christian church ever built.



Santiago Calatrava was inspired by Hagia Sophia in Constantinople with its 40 ribs, buffered by windows that give the dome a feeling of floating in the air above the basilica.

The shallow dome was made from 40 equally spaced ribs. Forty windows were then set at the dome’s base, creating the sensation that the dome actually floated over the church.


From the webcam view high atop the W Hotel, the location of the church is visible— directly next to the memorials built in the exact spot where towers one and two of the World Trade Center once stood, and now occupied by eternity pools that mark the thousands of names of the victims of the attacks.



For Eric Sessions, a Greek-American doctor who was one of the first responders on 9/11, the rebuilding of St Nicholas Church brings to a close a dark chapter in New York history while offering a great deal of hope.


“For Saint Nicholas, the protector of sailors and those who work with the sea which made New York what it is today, this has particular symbolism. For the Greek community of New York, and for all the Greeks who toiled on the waterfront through the years and whose faith sustained the church, this is a great tribute,” Sessions said.

Photos from St. Nicholas National Shrine Facebook Page

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