This is the birthplace of the American nation. The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated before finally being adopted in the symbolic and historical Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell, the symbol of American independence used to be in the steeple of this building as well.
We only spent about half a day in this city and most of the sightseeing was done on a prearranged city tour. The first stop was The Philadelphia Bourse. It was founded in 1891 and functioned as a center for commodities exchange up until the 60’s.
Further along was Elfreth’s Alley, one of the oldest residential streets in the country.
And then the Betsy Ross House, where Betsy Ross may have lived when she made the first American flag.
Here’s a bust of William Penn, the founder of Philadelphia.
We also passed by the cemetery where Benjamin Franklin is buried at.
Next, the historic Chinatown.
And now, the Masonic Library and Museum. Built in 1873, but it looks a lot older than that.
Directly across the street is the Philadelphia City Hall. It reminded me a little bit of the Hamburg Rathaus. It took 30 years to build and was only finished in 1901. It looks a lot older than that given its style of construction.
Further along was the Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison where notorious criminals such as Al Capone once stayed at.
And then the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The staircase in the front is known as the Rocky Steps, the staircase that Rocky was shown to be training at in the movie.
Passed by a lot of historic looking neighbourhoods on our way back to the beginning of the tour.
Here is a picture of clouds as we were driving away from Philadelphia after the tour.
After the city tour, our sightseeing in the states was essentially over. We spent the entirety of the next day shopping at Woodbury Outlets and driving back to Montreal.
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Jenny @ Stuff I Love January 22, 2013
I would love to visit Philadelphia and run up the Rocky steps