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Spire of New York's One World Trade Centre is hoisted to the roof

The final piece of the spire that will sit on top of One World Trade Centre in New York has been hoisted to the top of the building, ready to be fixed into position.

Ground Zero workers attach a US flag to the spire Credit: Reuters

When complete the tower will stand 1,776 feet high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It weighs 800 tons and will be fixed into position, weather permitting, later this month.

US flag flutters in the wind as the final piece of a spire is lifted above New York Credit: Reuters

Workers at the site paused to watch and take pictures as the spire rose above the city.

Ground Zero workers take photos Credit: Reuters

The tower is one of four skyscrapers designed to rise around the footprints of the fallen Twin Towers.

Pedestrians turn to look and take photographs Credit: Reuters

The footprints themselves have been turned into a memorial to those killed in the 2001 attacks by al-Qaeda hijackers.

Spire makes its way past the top of the building Credit: Reuters

One World Trade Centre, formerly called the Freedom Tower, is estimated to cost more than around £2 billion and is due to open next year.

Passenger plane flies past One World Trade Centre Credit: Reuters

Ah, it's a proud moment, you know. It's been a long time, you know. I don't know, I'm speechless... for all the people that passed away.


I'm just full of pride. It's just a momentous occasion and everybody feels the same way, I'm sure. From being here for the recovery until now and seeing what's transpired, it's just a happy day for everybody.