The centerpiece of New York’s World Trade Center finally opened for business on Monday, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks which destroyed the twin towers. RT takes a look at the different stages of reconstructing the world famous landmark.

The 104-story One World Trade Center was the final part of the complex to be completed. The $3.9 billion skyscraper stands out in the Manhattan skyline and is the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Construction started eight years ago to build the 541-meter structure, despite political and legal wranglings, which threatened to derail the project.

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A flower is pictured at the 9/11 Memorial with the One World Trade Center. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

The final piece of the building to be added was the spire. This brought the skyscraper to a height of 1,776 feet (541 meters), which has its own symbolic meaning, as this was the year of the US Declaration of Independence – which was signed in 1776.

“The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan,” said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns both the building and the World Trade Center site, as quoted by AP.

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