World Trade Center ~ ANGOL Szövegértés

The World Trade Centre was built by the American architect Minoru Yamasaki in the early 1970s, as the tallest building of the world. The Twin Towers were over 400 metres tall and had 110 floors and 97 elevators, just like a small city. Over 500 companies , including banks, law firms, television stations and airlines had their offices here and  50,000 people worked in the two buildings every day. On a typical day as many as 200,000 visitors from all over the world passed through the buildings.

In 1993 the World Trade Centre was the target of an earlier terrorist attack, and a few stories were completely destroyed , but only 6 people were killed.

On September  11,  2001 terrorists hijacked 4 airplanes and crashed two of them into the towers of the World Trade Centre. At 8:45 a.m. the first plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre. 20 minutes later, the second plane hit the south tower. Flames and smoke came out of the towers and the people who were working there tried to escape. About an hour after the attack both towers collapsed.

In the months after September 11, 2001 thousands of workers helped to clean up the place where the World Trade Centre once stood - known as Ground Zero. Many architects all over the world were called to present designs for rebuilding the site. In the future, glass towers will surround a memorial of September 11.

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by: Szigetfalvi Adni
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