Fodor's Expert Review 9/11 Memorial and Plaza

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National September 11 Memorial

Opened to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the somber Memorial occupies a large swath of the 16-acre World Trade Center complex, forming the Memorial Plaza. It comprises two recessed, 30-foot-tall waterfalls that occupy the giant, square footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Edging the Memorial pools are bronze panels inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks. Across the plaza are benches, grassy strips, and more than 400 swamp white oak trees harvested from within a 500-mile radius of the site, as well as from Pennsylvania and near Washington, D.C. The 9/11 Memorial is an open-access, free public plaza.

Along Liberty Street on the south side of the site is the elevated Liberty Park, home to Fritz Koenig's The Sphere, which for three decades stood on the plaza at the World Trade Center as a symbol of peace. Damaged in the 2001 attack, the sculpture was installed in the park in 2017. On the park's... READ MORE

Opened to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the somber Memorial occupies a large swath of the 16-acre World Trade Center complex, forming the Memorial Plaza. It comprises two recessed, 30-foot-tall waterfalls that occupy the giant, square footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Edging the Memorial pools are bronze panels inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks. Across the plaza are benches, grassy strips, and more than 400 swamp white oak trees harvested from within a 500-mile radius of the site, as well as from Pennsylvania and near Washington, D.C. The 9/11 Memorial is an open-access, free public plaza.

Along Liberty Street on the south side of the site is the elevated Liberty Park, home to Fritz Koenig's The Sphere, which for three decades stood on the plaza at the World Trade Center as a symbol of peace. Damaged in the 2001 attack, the sculpture was installed in the park in 2017. On the park's east end stands the yet-unfinished St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, erected to replace the church that was destroyed on 9/11. (At the time of this writing, the church's core structure was built, but exterior and interior finishes remain incomplete.)

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180 Greenwich St.
New York, New York  10007, USA

212-266–5211-for reservation help

www.911memorial.org

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