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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rebuilding of Saint Nicholas church at WTC to commence

Rebuilding of Saint Nicholas church at WTC to commence  



The small Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas destroyed on September 11, 2001 when it was crushed under the falling Twin Towers will be rebuilt based on designs by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. 
 
A ground blessing ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center is set for Saturday, October 18.

Established in 1916, the small Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed on September 11, 2001. The new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be rebuilt only a short distance away from its original location, at 130 Liberty Street and will be overlooking the 9/11 Memorial.

The new church will be a modern evolution of a Byzantine style church with a dome and will fit in with the steel and glass structures of the surrounding area. The upper level of the church will include a non-denominational bereavement space open to all.
Archbishop Demetrios of America will preside at the ground blessing ceremony with the participation of the hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Among those attending will be local authorities, chaplains and interfaith representatives, family members of victims of 9/11, representatives of Archdiocesan institutions and organizations and many faithful.

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