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Philadelphia Tourist Attractions
Ring that Liberty Bell on a visit to Philadelphia (Ok, not really.) Use the above search for attractions in the Philadelphia area and Search our Exclusive Directory for other exciting ideas and tourist attractions in the entire state of Pennsylvania. The city of Philadelphia takes immense pride in the role that it played in giving birth to the United States as a free country. Numerous sights and tours around town pay homage to its place in American history. Visit historic Independence Hall. Originally the Pennsylvania State House and the location of the colony’s headquarters, the founding fathers met here to sign the Declaration of Independence.
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Other important milestones took place in Independence Hall such as the approval for the design of the fledgling country’s flag, the drafting of the Articles of Confederation and the development of the Constitution. The Liberty Bell remains Phillie’s most frequented tourist attraction. The inscription on the 2080 pound bell reads, “Proclaim liberty through all the land, to all the inhabitants thereof”. The bell was rung to draw attention to important occasions such as the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in nearby Independence Square. The bell has not been rung since 1846 after it became cracked while tolling in honor of George Washington’s birthday.
Did you know that Philadelphia was originally the capital of the United States? George Washington’s inauguration as the first president of the United States took place here. Franklin Court is the home and workplace of Benjamin Franklin. His numerous inventions can be seen at the underground museum located at Franklin Court.
Not only does Philadelphia celebrate its participation in creation of the ‘modern America’, but the city also beams as a result of its diversity. South Philadelphia became home to an influx of immigrants who arrived in the city during the 17th, 19th and 20th centuries. People of Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Jewish and Asian descent call this area home and create a diverse population that further enhances your experience.