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