3. The Importance of the Temporary Justinian Cross atop St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine

Atop the construction site of the new shrine, there now stands a 6-foot-3-inch Justinian cross raised above the new development. This temporary cross allowed for the occurrence of a ceremony held by high-ranking church officials. This cross symbolizes the arduous efforts of rebuilding the church, as well as the idea that the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine will be completed in the near future. What makes it even more cherished is the fact that it is the first religious symbol by the World Trade Center to appear in public. When the shrine opens in 2018, this temporary cross will be replaced by a permanent one.