New York City Blog Part 4: One World Trade Center and the Oculus Transportation hub

9/11 Memorial and the World Trade CenterView from the WTC over Manhattan and the East River with the Brooklyn and Manhattan BridgesView from the WTC with Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty and Jersey City in the backgroundFlowers at 9/11 Memorial at the WTC, Manhattan New York9/11 Memorial at the World Trade CenterRefelction of the WTC, Manhattan New YorkThe WTC seen with the wings of the Oculus, Manhattan New YorkInside the Oculus, WTC Manhattan, New YorkWTC seen through the roof of the Oculus, Manhattan New YorkWTC after sunset, seen alongside the wings of the Oculus

Going to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial is one of the must-do’s when you are in New York. The complex is impressive. Currently the Freedom Tower is the main building that replaces the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that also includes The Oculus, a 4 billion costing transportation hub multi-level underground complex with stores.

I was deeply impressed by the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial. The Freedom Tower is impressive and simply a beautiful building. Going up to the observatory level was quite an experience to me. At first, passing security was time consuming, but quite an understandable necessity. Going up with the elevator was also something special in itself. The more than 400 meters up took only about 1 minute, a time in which a spectacular animation was seen on the walls of the elevator showing the development of the Manhatant skyline from its foundation in 1683 till present times. The view from above over Manhattan and surrounding area was breathtaking.

I found the 9/11 Memorial next to the Freedom Tower a sacred place and was quite impressed by the design of the monument. The Memorial was demure and reflected simplicity. Moreover, I found the visitors in general showing great respect in their behavior.

The Oculus was spectacular to see too. The design of this complex is unique, and that is reflected in the costs of the construction that exceeded over 4 billion USD’s.

See the gallery above for a selection of my photos that I made during my visit to the WTC.

Rijko

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