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    Quote Originally Posted by BPC View Post
    Nice video. I imagine the church is going to need some pews.
    Orthodox churches don't require pews, though some have them anyway.

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    New York Times
    November 29, 2016

    Cross Takes Its Place, Temporarily, Atop Shrine at World Trade Center


    Video: Rebuilding a Church Crushed on 9/11

    The 6-foot-3-inch cross being installed atop the St. Nicholas National Shrine in Lower Manhattan. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

    Visiting the National September 11 Memorial on Monday, Lori Siders stopped and stared wordlessly. Ahead was something she never expected to see at the World Trade Center.

    A cross.

    Ms. Siders, a Long Islander transplanted to Florence, S.C., had been walking with her husband and their two daughters beside the south memorial pool when she caught sight of the 6-foot-3-inch Justinian cross atop the St. Nicholas National Shrine, over the crowns of the tawny oak trees along Liberty Street, silhouetted against the skyscrapers of Wall Street.

    “It’s breathtaking,” she said at last.

    It is more than that. The topping out of the shrine with the cross was a milestone in the tortuous effort to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, a little parish outpost at 155 Cedar Street in Lower Manhattan that was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, when the south trade center tower fell on it.

    Attendees wrote messages, blessings and remembrances in a stairwell inside the shrine. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

    And it is more than that. The cross is the first overtly religious symbol to appear in the public realm at the World Trade Center, where officials have often contorted themselves to maintain a secular air. (What almost everyone knows as the “World Trade Center cross,” for instance, is officially referred to as the “intersecting steel beam.”)

    Less than an hour before Ms. Siders sighted the cross, it stood waiting in front of the shrine, within the elevated Liberty Park, opposite the memorial.

    “As we are here and we look around, we see the triumph of human mind and human spirit and human, really, disposition of overcoming any tragedy,” said Archbishop Demetrios, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, who has been a constant visitor to ground zero since the earliest days after the attack.

    “But St. Nicholas will give an additional message,” he said. “St. Nicholas will also offer the opening towards a nonmaterial reality: the presence of God. So this small chapel here will say the story that there is a God beyond what we see, what we feel and what we could statistically verify. And that’s the very great mission of this new St. Nicholas Church.”

    After joining with Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos and Deacon Eleftherios Constantine in chanting the “Feast of the Cross” — “The cross is the glory of the angels, and the defeat of the demons” — Archbishop Demetrios sanctified the steel cross with water from a golden rantistirion, or sprinkler. He blessed the small crowd of people around him, as well.

    Among them was Patrick J. Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which struggled with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America over the redevelopment plans. The authority was obliged to accommodate the church, since it needed the site at 155 Cedar Street for a high-security underground garage.

    Mr. Foye said there was nothing inappropriate about the presence of the cross in a public park, because St. Nicholas was destroyed in the attack, because construction costs were being met privately and because the shrine would include contemplative space for the general public.

    “A house of worship is going to have its own shape, style and iconography,” he said.

    It took 11 minutes for the cross to reach the summit of the 50-foot-diameter dome, made of 40 sensuously curved ribs fabricated by the E & H Steel Corporation in Midland City, Ala., where the cross was also made. Ornamental lobes on each arm distinguish it as a Justinian cross.

    It took 11 minutes for the cross to reach the top of the 50-foot-diameter dome, made of 40 sensuously curved ribs. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

    The newly installed cross is intended as an interim measure. It will be replaced with a permanent cross when the shrine opens in the first half of 2018, Jerry Dimitriou, the executive director of the archdiocese, said. He estimated the development budget at $40 million, most of it in construction costs. He said $38 million had already been pledged.

    Paradoxically, the trade center’s most spiritual landmark was designed by Santiago Calatrava, the architect of its most materialistic landmark: the Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall, part of the greater $4 billion transportation hub. On the shrine, Mr. Calatrava is associated with Koutsomitis Architects. Skanska is the construction manager.

    St. Nicholas is intended to be a simplified, miniaturized, modern evocation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which has served over its long life both as a church and as a mosque.

    Steven Plate, the chief of capital projects at the Port Authority, sounded an inclusive note in his remarks before the cross was hoisted aloft.

    “We welcome on this site all denominations, all creeds, all walks of life and all religions,” he said. The message did not take long to reach Ms. Siders.

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    Is there a functioning camera for this section of the site that is not obscured by Towers 3 and 4? I'd like to keep up with progress on the church and the installation of the Koenig Sphere.

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    Never mind. I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet, but there have been both an Earthcam and a live feed of this portion of the site for some time now, here.

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    This looks great!

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    Unhappy Church In Need of a Miracle

    Construction of Greek Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11 put on hold

    Updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 12:33 PM

    The St. Nicholas National Shrine (c.) is seen under construction. (MARK LENNIHAN/AP)

    Say a prayer for the St. Nicholas National Shrine.

    The project to replace the tiny Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the 9/11 attacks has been put on hold amid rising costs and potential financial mismanagement.

    The development marks the latest setback for the long-stalled building designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, who created the $4.4 billion bird-like transit hub at the World Trade Center.

    “In light of recent financial difficulties at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and in order to make certain that all operations and funds are being correctly managed, this difficult yet necessary step has been taken,” the archdiocese said in a statement posted to its website.

    The estimated cost of the shrine was listed at $20 million when its design was announced in 2013.

    The plans call for the building, modeled after Byzantine shrines in Turkey, to be sheathed in marble from quarries north of Athens.

    By September, the cost had ballooned to $50 million. Just three months later, it soared to an estimated $72 million to $78 million, according to the New York Times.

    The archdiocese said it hired two firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BakerHostetler, to probe the rebuilding of St. Nicholas, which is being funded through donations.

    “In addition, the Archdiocese will reevaluate its fundraising strategy moving forward and will continue to explore ways to cut costs, concurrently maintaining the historic vision of the church,” it said.

    “The Archdiocese remains committed to the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas and the fundraising efforts to support this important project and ministry.”

    Skanska USA, the construction company building the shrine, said it halted construction after going an unspecified amount of time without receiving payments.

    Skanska said it had already pushed back payment deadlines and tried in vain to discuss alternate strategies to keep the project going.

    “We regret that stopping work was the only viable option at this point in time,” Skanska USA Executive Vice President Tom Webb said in a statement to the Associated Press.

    “We are confident that they will find the funding to complete this work at some point in the future.”


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