Exploring Philadelphia's Past

What to See and Do in Philadelphia

Exploring Philadelphia's Past

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Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia Travel - Thinking of traveling to Philadelphia, the old capital of the United States, and the remnants of revolutionary battles and the resulting independent nation.


What to See and Do in Philadelphia

There is so much to see and do in Philadelphia and the home of the Quaker, William Penn. Where he dreamed of a society of individual freedom, religious freedom, and state-driven ideals.

Many would agree that William Penn's vision was included in the Declaration of Independence signed at Independence Hall.

Exploring Philadelphia's History

So, when you travel to Philadelphia, you are traveling through a time where the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Constitution Hall are all reminders of the nation's founding as you walk through history and learn from the past.

Many of the cities attractions are within walking distance. Stroll along West Market Street near City Hall and through Love Park.

Exploring Philadelphia's Art and More

For the more traditional traveler, visit the masterpieces of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For a unique museum experience, visit the Mutter Museum. It is a medical museum containing medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. Learn about the early nation's medical history.

As with most cities that have survived through time, the architecture of Philadelphia is a mix of historic and modern styles that reflect the city's history.

Exploring Philadelphia's Architecture

The first European settlements appeared there over 400 years ago and used logs for their buildings. Brick structures became common during the 18th century, hence Georgian and later Federal-style buildings dominated much of the cityscape.

Later the architects chose many Greek themes in their building design. Philadelphia has many famous architectural structures and important buildings. The City Hall, completed in 1900, is the world's tallest load-bearing masonry structure.

Philadelphia made significant contributions to the architecture of the country. The row house was introduced to the United States via Philadelphia in the 17th century. The country's first International-style skyscraper was built in Philadelphia. One of the most important examples of Postmodern architecture was Robert Venturi's Guild House, which is located in the city.

Another historic Landmark, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building, is America's first International Modernist skyscraper and home of the first-ever savings bank in the United States.

Exploring Philadelphia's Famous People

Other famous people who lived in Philadelphia include Benjamin Franklin (A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, and founding father) and Edgar Allen Poe (An American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement)

TIP: Plan your travel to Philadelphia to coincide with the many festivals and events that celebrate the history, events, and art. Take an evening stroll, particularly in summer, and enjoy the many delectable food offerings. Don't leave town without trying a Philly Cheesesteak.

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