Rebuilding a Church Destroyed on 9/11

A crane places a cross atop St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at the World Trade Center.
A cross was placed atop St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Monday. Photo courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed in the collapse of the South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. But as reported by The New York Times, the little parish on Cedar Street is rising again as the St. Nicholas National Shrine, and has gained a temporary 6-foot-3-inch Justinian cross.

Situated on the one-acre elevated Liberty Park overlooking the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the parish on Monday held a ceremony attended by Archbishop Demetrios, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, Deacon Eleftherios Constanti and officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that oversees reconstruction of the site.

“We welcome on this site all denominations, all creeds, all walks of life and all religions,” said Steven Plate, the chief of capital projects at the Port Authority.

Port Authority executive director Patrick J. Foye welcomed the reconstruction of the church at the site and noted that the shrine would include contemplative space for the general public.

The temporary cross will be replaced with a permanent fixture when the shrine opens in 2018.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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