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One World Trade Center. Photo. GetYourGuide

One World Trade Center officially opens in Manhattan on November 3, 2014. The new tower, along with the rest of the World Trade Center complex, replaced the Twin Towers and surrounding complex, which were destroyed by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.


With its 18-piece spire, One World Trade Center stands at 1,776 feet, a direct reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed.

However, even at this soaring height, it’s controversial whether it’s the tallest building in the United States. In Chicago, where the Willis Tower holds the national record for tallest building at 1,451 feet, residents have joined the debate over how a skyscraper’s true height should be determined; subtracting the spire knocks 1WTC’s total height down to 1,368 feet. Check out these interesting facts about practically everything, as reported by Reader's Digest.

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World Trade Center One contains more than 40,000 metric tons of structural steel. As for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, according to a tweet from its official account, the memorial contains “49,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough to pave more than 200 miles of NYC sidewalks.” To put that figure into perspective, 200 miles is the rough equivalent of 4,000 New York City blocks. Read about these twists of fate that saved people’s lives on 9/11.


The tower’s observation deck was specifically constructed with the memory of the Twin Towers in mind. The deck itself begins at 1,362 feet, and a glass parapet extends to 1,368 feet—the exact height of the South and North Towers. Don’t miss these other hidden meanings in everyday objects.


Taking heed of every structural and safety failure of the Twin Towers, developers carefully designed the new tower to be the safest office building in the world. Among 1WTC’s unique construction elements are its high-strength concrete, which can withstand seven times more pressure than standard concrete, and its reinforcement steel bars, which are significantly longer than normal (traditionally thumb-sized, 1WTC’s rebars are forearm length). Between the dense fireproofing and additional staircase for first responders, the tower well exceeds the city’s building safety code requirements.

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One World Trade Center officially opens in Manhattan in 2014. Photo: Acecom

Old and New

Many people don’t know this, but one of the trees that was planted around the memorial actually lived through the attack on 9/11. It is known as the “Survivor Tree.” People were actually able to recover it from the debris and plant it on the site of One World Trade Center. It is a symbol of rebirth and survival.


The 9/11 Museum houses videos and artifacts from the original World Trade Center, including a ticket from the South Tower’s observation deck and two tridents from the buildings.

It incorporates lots of shapes

The building has a cubic base and its edges form eight isosceles triangles. Near its middle, the tower forms a perfect octagon.

Amazing Facts about One World Trade Center   The Tallest Building in The US
Photo: GK Archi

It pays tribute

One World Trade Center was built in remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attack that happened on September 11, 2001. It is a constant reminder of the lives that were lost and hope for the future. Two large square pools, each with a waterfall, stand in the exact spots of the twin towers. In one of the busiest areas of Manhattan, the memorial is able to remain a tranquil and peaceful spot for people to pay tribute. Every one of the victims names has been inscribed on the sides of the pools. Many visitors will leave roses next to the names of people they knew. Next, find out 15 facts about America you never knew.

When planning your visit to New York City, One World Trade Center – also known as Freedom Tower – must be on the bucket list. Located in the city’s bustling financial district in Downtown Manhattan it offers some of the most breath-taking views across the city up the One World Observatory and it is home to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. It’s also one of the most unique places to enjoy sunset cocktails and fine dining – so any experience of this modern landmark will offer something to remember, said by New York Pass.
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