The Santiago Calatrava-designed St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center has topped out, and capped with a temporary, six-foot-tall cross.
The Byzantine-styled structure was envisioned by Calatrava in 2013 as a non-denominational spiritual center to replace the original St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, located at 155 Cedar Street, which was destroyed on 9/11.
Now, the 40 structural pieces of the ribbed dome have been set into place, matching the number in the dome of Hagia Sophia. Foundation work on the project began just over a year ago.
Located around the corner from Calatrava’s “Oculus” at the WTC Transportation Hub, the church is being constructed at a cost of $40 million, raised completely from private donors. The project is estimated to complete in early 2018, at which time, the permanent cross will be lifted into place.