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Philadelphia is a living American history lesson

Completed in 1753, Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place I've visited several times before; the first visit was as a kid with my parents as they took me to see all of the important historic sights in the Northeast

Completed in 1753, Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place I've visited several times before; the first visit was as a kid with my parents as they took me to see all of the important historic sights in the Northeast

Originally rung in the mid-1700s to summon lawmakers to the PA state house, the Liberty Bell has since become a worldwide iconic symbol of democracy and freedom; luckily I've seen it plenty of times and didn't have to stand in the long line to get inside

Originally rung in the mid-1700s to summon lawmakers to the PA state house, the Liberty Bell has since become a worldwide iconic symbol of democracy and freedom; luckily I've seen it plenty of times and didn't have to stand in the long line to get inside

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, completed in 1864, has been the site of two papal Masses, one celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979, and the other by Pope Francis in 2015

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, completed in 1864, has been the site of two papal Masses, one celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979, and the other by Pope Francis in 2015

The grand Beaux-Arts building of the Philadelphia library opened in 1927; the city is home of many U.S. firsts, including the first library(1731), hospital(1751), medical school(1765), national capital(1774), stock exchange(1790), and zoo(1874)

The grand Beaux-Arts building of the Philadelphia library opened in 1927; the city is home of many U.S. firsts, including the first library(1731), hospital(1751), medical school(1765), national capital(1774), stock exchange(1790), and zoo(1874)

Built of brick, white marble, and limestone, Philadelphia City Hall is the world’s largest free standing masonry building; upon completion of its tower in 1894, it became the world's tallest habitable building

Built of brick, white marble, and limestone, Philadelphia City Hall is the world’s largest free standing masonry building; upon completion of its tower in 1894, it became the world's tallest habitable building

The steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are famous from the scenes of the movie Rocky; there was a constant stream of people running up the 72 steps at what has been declared the second most famous movie filming location in the world (Central Park was first)

The steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are famous from the scenes of the movie Rocky; there was a constant stream of people running up the 72 steps at what has been declared the second most famous movie filming location in the world (Central Park was first)

This statue of Rocky outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become one of the most popular photo ops for tourists; famous people from Philly include Margaret Mead, Dick Clark, Tina Fey, Walt Whitman and Will Smith

This statue of Rocky outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become one of the most popular photo ops for tourists; famous people from Philly include Margaret Mead, Dick Clark, Tina Fey, Walt Whitman and Will Smith

Benjamin Franklin Parkway runs from the Museum of Art to City Hall with the modern skyline to the right; we have this city to thank for Biden's victory!

Benjamin Franklin Parkway runs from the Museum of Art to City Hall with the modern skyline to the right; we have this city to thank for Biden's victory!

At its completion in 1829, the Eastern State Penitentiary was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected in the United States, and quickly became a model for 300  prisons worldwide

At its completion in 1829, the Eastern State Penitentiary was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected in the United States, and quickly became a model for 300+ prisons worldwide

Opened in 1929, the Rodin Museum houses a collection of nearly 150 objects containing bronzes, marbles, and plasters by Rodin; it is one of the largest collections of Rodin's works outside Paris

Opened in 1929, the Rodin Museum houses a collection of nearly 150 objects containing bronzes, marbles, and plasters by Rodin; it is one of the largest collections of Rodin's works outside Paris

The Washington Memorial Fountain was dedicated in 1897 and features Washington and his horse poised on top of the fountain, facing southeast down Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards Philadelphia City Hall

The Washington Memorial Fountain was dedicated in 1897 and features Washington and his horse poised on top of the fountain, facing southeast down Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards Philadelphia City Hall

The First Continental Congress met at Carpenter's Hall in 1774 and it is the official birthplace of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;  William Penn, an English Quaker, founded Philadelphia in 1682

The First Continental Congress met at Carpenter's Hall in 1774 and it is the official birthplace of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; William Penn, an English Quaker, founded Philadelphia in 1682

Known as America's oldest (entirely intact) residential street, the cobblestoned Elfreth's Alley is truly preservation at its finest and will take you back 250 years when it was inhabited by tradesmen and their families

Known as America's oldest (entirely intact) residential street, the cobblestoned Elfreth's Alley is truly preservation at its finest and will take you back 250 years when it was inhabited by tradesmen and their families

Born in 1752 to a devout Quaker couple in NJ, Betsy Ross was quite an accomplished seamstress having embroidered shirt ruffles for George Washington in the days before his appointment as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army

Born in 1752 to a devout Quaker couple in NJ, Betsy Ross was quite an accomplished seamstress having embroidered shirt ruffles for George Washington in the days before his appointment as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army

Benjamin Frankin, James Peniston, 2007; this one ton bronze sculpture is textured with casts of 1000  keys collected by local schoolchildren; it was partially funded by 1.8 million pennies collected by kids from 500 area schools

Benjamin Frankin, James Peniston, 2007; this one ton bronze sculpture is textured with casts of 1000+ keys collected by local schoolchildren; it was partially funded by 1.8 million pennies collected by kids from 500 area schools

Dating to 1744, Christ Church is considered one of the finest Georgian structures in America and is often called the Nation's Church having hosted members of the Continental Congress; for 50  years it was even the tallest structure in the US

Dating to 1744, Christ Church is considered one of the finest Georgian structures in America and is often called the Nation's Church having hosted members of the Continental Congress; for 50+ years it was even the tallest structure in the US

The Bond, Jim West, 2018; boasting 2000  outdoor murals, Philadelphia has been called the mural capital of the US; Philadelphia is also home to the first Thanksgiving Day Parade (1920)

The Bond, Jim West, 2018; boasting 2000+ outdoor murals, Philadelphia has been called the mural capital of the US; Philadelphia is also home to the first Thanksgiving Day Parade (1920)

The National Constitution Center opened on July 4, 2003, joining other famous sights in what has been called America's most historic square mile; Philadelphia is the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2019 estimated population of 1,584,064

The National Constitution Center opened on July 4, 2003, joining other famous sights in what has been called America's most historic square mile; Philadelphia is the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2019 estimated population of 1,584,064

Benjamin Franklin was laid to rest in Christ Church Burial Ground and it has become a tradition to toss pennies onto his grave; the historic part of Philadelphia sadly has a large problem with the homeless

Benjamin Franklin was laid to rest in Christ Church Burial Ground and it has become a tradition to toss pennies onto his grave; the historic part of Philadelphia sadly has a large problem with the homeless

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