The Memorial And Museum At The World Trade Center

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According to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, the memorial is the tribute to victims killed in the terrorists attack in 2001 at the World Trade Center site. Nearly 3,000 people were killed which was the biggest terror attack in American history. The Memorial consists of 2 pools what retrace the footprints of where the 2 skyscrapers were situated. They are the largest man made waterfalls in North America (National 9/11 Memorial & Museum Foundation).The edges of each pool have names of victims transcribed on them. The whole space is surrounded by trees. It is visited by people from all around the world who want to pay tribute to 9/11 victims, their families and American people.…show more content…
Manifestation of sacred in form of hierophany creates a break in the homogeneity of space and that break becomes axis mundi (21). Discovery of break in the homogenous space Eliade deems equivalent to creation of the world as it allows people to find orientation in the chaos (22-23). Axis mundi is often represented as vertical line what reaches towards heaven such a s pillar, ladder, mountain or tree ( Eliade 36-37). Axis mundi in terms of 9/11 Memorial is rather imaginary. Clearly there are no more twin towers and no visible vertical line. Some might argue that new freedom towel can it fact be axis mundi; however it is also possible that the absence of twin towels creates an imaginary axis. Somehow this imaginary center becomes even more powerful. Every year, blue tribute light shooting to the sky make that axis mundi visible for split moment. There is a special connection made between past and present, between dead and living, and between humans and divine in that very moment. Even though Eliade focuses mostly on how religious men perceives sacred spaces, he also makes a point that, despite all differences, there is underlining similarity in a way religious and no religious man experience scared spaces. Certain events and places in people’s lives have such profound effect on their lives that they become in a way “holy” to them.
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