Church rebuilt by Calatrava after 9/11 attack opens

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New York, (EFE) of September 11, 2001.

“To see St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine finally open to the public is an iconic opportunity for Lower Manhattan’s bright future and scarred past,” said Calatrava, who authored another building landmark in the World Trade Center area, the Oculus, home to a large shopping mall.

Photo courtesy of Alan Karchmer showing an interior view of the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York, USA. EFE / Alan Karchmer

Worship began on the day of its patron saint, St. Nicholas, although the church was dedicated on July 4, US Independence Day, and has opened a few times since then.

The building sports a marble exterior of the same origin as that used in the Parthenon in Athens, a dome made up of stone slabs and glass panels that are illuminated so that the church appears to glow from within, plus four towers around her that give him a form of typical Greek cross of the orthodox temples.

It is a Byzantine-inspired church, both in its architectural elements and in the art within, and its design has nothing to do with the original temple destroyed in this attack.

Photo courtesy of Alan Karchmer showing the entrance to the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York, USA. EFE / Alan Karchmer

The project, which began in 2013 at an estimated cost of $20 million, began the following year with a groundbreaking ceremony, which is expected to be completed in two years, but suffered delays due to problems financiers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which funded this.

Construction was halted between 2017 and late 2018, when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – which owns the land it sits on – offered to help with rent and later an NGO called Friends of St Nicholas has joined, with work resuming in mid-2020, according to local media.

The cost has risen over the years, and Friends of St. Nicholas – promoted by former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – says on its church-dedicated website that donations for reconstruction – including the Greek government – amounted to 95 million dollars.

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