Journeys of the Questress - WTC

St. Nicholas at Ground Z is rebuilt

The Way it Was - 1
The Way it Was - 2
Sept 19 - When Tomorrow Never Comes
Sept 27 - Oral Interpretation
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 1
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 2
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 3
Oct 11 - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Oct 28 - Each Day I Search the Rubble
Nov 12 - When Spires Fall
Nov 19 - 911 The Rape of America
Dec 14 - Just A Thought
Dec 18 - A Sense of Place
Feb 2 - Final Pass to the End Zone
March 3 - Sitting on the Edge
March 14- Do You Still Remember
March 20 - Virtual Walk-Through
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 1
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 2
April 1 - Towers of Light
May 14 - View From Above
May 30 - Tunnel At the End of the Light
May 31 - Seventeen Hundred
Aug 9 - From the Margins Erased
Aug 30 - The Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore
Sept 9 - Ceremonies of Light and Dark
Sept 10 - Just An Anniversary
Sept 12 - September Holds Great Promise
Literary Reflections
Rebirth and Resurrection
The Winter Garden Springs To Life
The Winter Garden Springs To Life - con't
Underpass to the Past
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Under Hallowed Ground
What Will Fill the Void?
I Submit a Design
Footprints in the Dust
My Memorial Design Submission
My Memorial Design - Drawings
New Path Train Station
Path Station Tour
May We Never Forget
That Which Surives
War Without End
4th Anniversary
Footprints in the Dust
I Miss 9/11
Time Comes Between Us
A Thousand Cranes
Fear Factor
Love Letters On The Wall
Empty Chairs
Sitting on the Edge of Forever
Walking the Perimeter of Emptiness
A Counting of Days
For Friends Absent But Not Forgotten
The Memory Keeper's Promise
Unbreak My Heart
Standing On The Edge Of Forever
Both Sides Now
A Memory In Time
The Gravity of Loss
The Survivors Rise Up
Flowers Will Bloom
The Fire Within Us
The Sentinel
Stronger Than The Storm
Between the Candle and the Stars
A Journey Through Remembrance
Canticle of Remembrance
Beyond the Crucible of Chaos
Journey Through Remembrance project
What See We Now
Forever In Our Hearts
Keeping the Flame Alive
The Rebuilding of Ground Zero continues
Does Anyone Care Anymore?
Where Is Our Story Teller of Pain
At Memory's Edge
Dust Thou Art and to Dust Thou Shalt Return
Heroes Never Die
The Flame Inside Our Hearts
The Year of the Heroes of 9/11
Déjà Vu
Remembering 9/11 in the year of COVID-19
Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders
Touching From a Distance
That Which Survives 20 years later
2021 - 20 years later
Memories of Terror Return
Putin's Name Covered Over On Teardrop Memorial
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes
When Memories Fade Away
St. Nicholas at Ground Z is rebuilt
The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims
When Time Calls Your Name
When Art Gets It All Wrong

Something Beautiful has grown on Ground Zero

The original St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church cast a reverent and faithful shadow on the World Trade Center. Greeks purchased the row house in 1892 as a community home, and it became the Saint Nicholas Church in 1916. For many Greeks immigrants, it would have been their first stop after seeing the Statue of Liberty and disembarking from Ellis Island. The little church was a spiritual jewel, open to all. Generations of New Yorkers stopped in to light a candle, say a prayer, or just sit quietly.

Everything changed on 9/11. Saint Nicholas was completely destroyed in the collapse of World Trade Center Tower Two during the terrorist attacks. It was the only house of worship destroyed on that horrible day in 2001.
However, the rebuilding of the church took many years with many twists and turns both political and financial. December of 2022 saw the dream of a new church turn into a reality. The rebuilt church was designed by Santiago Calatrava. Mr. Calatrava is a world-renowned Spanish architect whose innovative sculptural forms have earned him unprecedented recognition and accolades all around the globe. He developed his plan from a wealth of Byzantine precedents, including the famous Church in Chora and the Hagia Sophia itself. His artistic inspiration for the design emerged from the mosaics of Hagia Sophia. His renderings not only showed its appearance, but its relationship to its environment. Calatrava and his firm also designed and built the WTC's Oculus transportation hub, which opened in 2016.

A monk, Father Loukas of Xenophontos, painted the stunning icons inside the newly reopened church. One portrays Saint Nicholas as a seafarer, pulling a drowning man from raging waters. This image is a metaphor, showing how the church can be a place of solace to contemplate the terrorist attacks.

But Father Loukas also addresses 9/11 more directly: In one scene, Jesus greets first responders and firefighters who died. In another, boats on the river rescue people fleeing the burning towers. Also prominently displayed is an image of Mary watching over a panoramic depiction of Manhattan; the newly built One World Trade Center is clearly recognizable, rising up on the left.

"I personally want this church, through the iconography, to open up a new horizon for people, that they come away with hope" Father Loukas told CBS News, Scott Pelley in 2020. "If this happens, the icons will have fulfilled their purpose."

His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, said "This Shrine will be a place for everyone who comes to the Sacred Ground at the World Trade Center, a place for them to imagine and envision a world where mercy is inevitable, reconciliation is desirable, and forgiveness is possible. The National Shrine will stand as witness not only to the vitality of Holy Orthodoxy, but for America's commitment to religious freedom. The Shrine will be a defiant symbol of opposition to the forces or intolerance around the globe."

"Rebuild My Church". These words of our Lord Jesus Christ have all along, through these years, been the inspiration for the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. It has been rebuilt as more than the original humble Greek Orthodox Church of lower Manhattan. It is rebuilt as a National Shrine and place of pilgrimage for our Nation. And in accordance with the word of the Lord, it will be a House of Prayer for all people (Mark 11:17).

To learn more about the church and to get a taste of its artistic splendor, visit the church's website