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Inspiring Spire

May 15th, 2013

Photo courtesy: Port Authority of NY & NJ

The tall, pointy spire was placed on top of the Freedom Tower in New York City, on Friday, May 10.

The Freedom Tower was built in place of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed after the September 11 attacks, in 2001.

The placement of the 408-foot, 40-ton spire wasn’t just an incredible physical feat, the new building is also “a national symbol of hope and strength”, Port Authority Chairman, David Samson, said.

The spire puts the Freedom Tower at its symbolic height of 1776 feet tall — the year the U.S.  Declaration of Independence was written.

It’s now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (the half of the earth that contains the Americas).

It’s also the 3rd tallest building in the world, according to the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

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The spire was attached in 18 parts in all. The final two pieces were attached Friday. The entire building took 7 years to build … but you can see the whole thing in about a minute thanks to the time lapse video below:

And here’s one from the view of the (brave!) workers — hope you’re not afraid of heights!

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