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Cool GoPro Footage Captures New World Trade Center Spire Being Raised from a Very Unique Perspective

"...the Western Hemisphere’s tallest icon of freedom..."

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Late last week, the new 1 World Trade Center became the tallest building in the country and third tallest in the world as the final piece -- a spire -- was lowered from a crane into place.

The spire was raised earlier this month 104 stories where it continued assembly but made its final ascension to 1,776 feet high Friday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey affixed a GoPro camera on the spire, pointed downward to give a top-down perspective of what its climb looked like.

Here are a few screenshots from the dizzying footage:

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Check out the video:

“With the final section of spire now in place, One World Trade Center stands as the Western Hemisphere’s tallest icon of freedom, resilience and the indomitable American spirit,” Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler said in a statement. “We could not have accomplished this momentous achievement without the thousands of men and women who have given so much over the years toward rebuilding the World Trade Center site. Today’s milestone is a testament to the spirit of this great nation and a tribute to all who perished during the horrific attacks on 9/11.”

The final section of the spire sits on top of One World Trade Center on May 10, 2013 in New York after it was fully installed on the building's roof. With the spire now in place, One WTC will stand 1,776 feet (541 meters) high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

If it didn't have the 408-foot, 758-ton spire, 1 World Trade Center would be shorter than the Willis Tower in Chicago, which stands at 1,451 feet and has the title of tallest building in the U.S., not including its antennas. The world's tallest building, topping 2,700 feet, is in Dubai.

(H/T: Gizmodo)

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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