The Saint Nicholas National Shrine is a “House of Prayer for all people” currently under construction at the World Trade Center.


The new building will replace the church of the same name, destroyed on 9/11. The new location at 130 Liberty Street is less than 50 yards east of where the original church once stood at 155 Cedar Street. 


Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Saint Nicholas National Shrine is located on a 1,200-square-foot lot in Liberty Park, overlooking the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Calatrava developed his plan from a wealth of Byzantine precedents, including the famous Church in Chora and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. One of the most unique features of his design is a glowing façade made of 1,000 eighth-inch thick panels of Pentelic marble, sandwiched between panes of glass. This material will allow light to indirectly filter into the church during the day and for the walls to have a warm glow at night.  


Rendering provided by: Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers


Saint Nicholas National Shrine

130 Liberty Street

New York, NY 10006