New York is home to some of the most symbolic monuments in the world. The Great Fire of 1835 encouraged the use of stone and brick, later, the high cost of land led to a great height for residential buildings and offices. In this city we can find great architectural designs from different eras and styles.
Here is a selection of the monuments that we think are worth visiting:
With a height of 319 m, the Chrysler Building is the jewel in the crown of the skyscrapers of New York. It was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. The interior of the building has some wonderful works in marble. The elevator doors show a strange pattern with inlaid wood. Today, the Chrysler Building is the city’s most emblematic monument in art deco style. A reflection of the history of the city and the artistic sense make it a popular destination.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building was preceded by the Chrysler Building and overcome by the twin towers of World Trade Center as the tallest building in the world. It is now the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. With 102 floors, the building rises to 381 m above the Manhattan skyline.
The Statue of Liberty is undoubtedly the classic symbol of America and one of the most visited and photographed in the world. It is a neoclassical sculpture designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue is a gift to the United States from France and represents a woman who symbolizes Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, which carries a torch and a tabula on which is inscribed the date of the Declaration of the American Independence. A chain is broken at her feet. The statue has become a symbol of freedom.
Brooklyn Bridge links Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River. This symbol of New York City, with 1825 meters long and 84 meters high, was, for decades, the largest suspension bridge in the world. Designed by engineer John Augustus Roebling, the bridge is of Gothic style.
Cathedral of St. John
The Cathedral of St. John is the largest of the neo-Gothic Anglican cathedrals and churches in the world. Construction began in 1892 under the orders of the architects Heins and La Farge in a Byzantine / Romanesque style, but changing tastes and delays caused by financial reasons produced an orientation to the French Gothic style. The western facade of the building contains a famous stained glass window with a rose. It is also known as the Cathedral of the unfinished building because it was never fully completed and the church undergoes constant construction and renovation.
Ground Zero is the name given to the site where the twin towers of World Trade Center once stood. They were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Ground Zero is a place where people can go to remember their loved ones. The World Trade Center towers collapsed after being hit by 2 planes with passengers on board hijacked by members of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. About 3,000 people were killed in the attack. New Yorkers have shown incredible strength to go passed this place every day.
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