9/11 Memorial at Jerusalem Park

 

The 9/11 memorial at the Jerusalem Park was one of the first memorials erected outside the US, commemorating the September 11th, 2001 attack. Located at Jerusalem's Arazim Park, the monument was dedicated on November 12th, 2009, by the Jewish National Fund. This is the only site outside New York that lists the names of the 3000 victims who were killed in the attack, including five Israeli nationals. The monument was designed by the celebrated Jewish artist Eliezer Weishoff, and was built as a reminder of the tragedy and a call for human collective understanding.

The monument is 30 feet high, and is made of bronze and granite, in addition to a metal beam which was salvaged from the World Trade Center.  The sculpture is in the shape of an American flag, which transforms into a flame.

The metal beam was donated by the city of New York to the Jerusalem Municipality. The sculpture is surrounded by a crater, acting as a stone plaza that carries metal plates. The metal plates list the names of all those who died in Washington D.C, Pennsylvania and New York. There are seats designed as an amphitheater, allowing visitors to sit and reflect on the memory of the deceased.

The monument has attracted the interest of many tourists due to its strategic location. It can be viewed from as far as the entrance to Jerusalem, and it integrates in the beautiful backdrop of the Jerusalem Mountains. While most of the tourists who visit Jerusalem do so because of its rich history, the extensive coverage of this monument in Jerusalem travel guides has led to an increased number of visitors.

The Arazim Park is one of Jerusalem's largest nature reserves. Spanning 15,000 dunams (5.8 square miles), it combines several valleys and riverbeds, many with historic remains and archeological findings. It is also home to several species of local animals- like foxes, jackals, birds and rodents, and is surrounded by natural and planted trees and forests.

The park is located at the northwestern edge of Jerusalem, adjacent to the neighborhood of Ramot and the ancient village of Lifta. Filled with almond, fig, apple and olive trees, it overlooks the entrance to city of Jerusalem and offers an outstanding view of the Jerusalem Chords Bridge.

With the addition of the 9/11 memorial, the Arazim Park has become a popular attraction for tourists and locals. Many Jerusalem schools take their pupils on outings to the memorial, offering a firsthand experience which allows the children to sense to extent of the tragedy and participate in the memory of the American tragedy.

The site is open to visitors year round, with free entry and full accessibility for all visitors.