Found at Ground Zero
Recovered artifacts bear witness to lives and buildings lost on September 11, 2001.
Photos: Ira Block; Source: National September 11 Memorial & Museum
If every object tells a story, the ones displayed here speak of thousands with a common ending: a Georgia man whose wife slipped him a love note 1 for his trip to New York City; a woman with prayer beads 2 at work on the 98th fl oor of the World Trade Center; a husband who always carried a two-dollar bill 3 to remind him how lucky he was to have met his second wife. Collected for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the objects tell of love, faith (Bible pages fused to metal 4), lifestyles (a Mercedes key 5 and a golf ball 6), and a workday (computer keyboard 7) that came to a tragic end in 2001. The museum, set to open in September 2012, has some 3,000 artifacts so far, hundreds of them bestowed by relatives of those who perished. A ladies’ shoe 8 is one of several objects here that belong to survivors. The four-inch heels carried their owner down 62 fl oors, away from the crumbling south tower, and across the Manhattan Bridge to safety.
Al Masjid Al Haram: The centre of faith
Al Masjid Al Haram (Grand Mosque) is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the holy city of Makkah, it surrounds the Ka’aba, Islam’s holiest place to which Muslims worldwide turn towards while offering daily prayers. It can accommodate up to four million Muslim worshippers during Haj.