Just in time for the 16th anniversary of the World Trade Center Attacks on September 11, 2001, a formal lease and purchase agreement has been signed with the Port Authority for The Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center.
The Greek Orthodox church is being built from the ground up near the World Trade Center memorial plaza, marking another step the long rebuilding of New York’s ground zero.
The St. Nicholas National Shrine will replace the tiny church that was demolished by the trade center’s south tower on September 11.
The new church will give Greek Orthodox believers a place to worship while also welcoming visitors of any faith who want to reflect on the lives lost in the terrorist attacks when it opens in 2018.
A large crowd will assemble Monday for a ceremony on the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks and will be able to see the church that’s currently a raw-looking structure covered in concrete and plywood.
‘It is such a significant church because of what happened here,’ said Jerry Dimitriou, executive director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He said people may want to stop and pray after they’ve been to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a few paces away. ‘We will give them a place to come and sit, and sit inside of a church,’ he added.