Watch: Plans for St. Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, NYC

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was the only church of any kind that was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Nestled near the World Trade Center, the small parish church was reduced to ash as one of the towers fell. After many years of negotiation, a new church is being planned, which will serve both as a parish church and as a national shrine — a place of solitude and prayer where all visitors to the 9/11 monument in New York City will be able to visit.

As such, the new shrine church represents a unique opportunity for Orthodoxy to provide witness and hospitality to the public.

The YouTube presentation above provides an architect’s rendering of what the church complex will look like in its very high-profile setting.

As the video demonstrates visually, the architect took his inspiration from a famous icon in Hagia Sophia of the Theotokos holding the Christ child. Another unique feature is the material used, which will allow light from the inside to pass through, causing the church and dome to glow brightly in the night.

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