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An illuminated view of the National 9/11 Memorial

For almost ten years the bulk of the construction work at Ground Zero has been on the vast infrastructure below ground. Now, seeing the memorial site illuminated by the rising towers, I'm relieved to see that this hallowed space  is surrounded by a vibrant city.

To navigate the panorama above use the tools in the lower left corner. The panorama consists of about 35 separate images stitched together with software to represent a 180 degree view of the site.

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Workmen put the finishing touches on the south reflecting pool in preparation for the opening of the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

From the archive: To see a 24-hour time-lapse of the construction at the World Trade Center site in September 2010, click the link below.

A 24-hour time-lapse video of construction at the site as crews race to finish the Memorial and museum before the tenth anniversary. Photos by John Makely/msnbc.com