The Greater Philadelphia Story

Author Archive: David Hill

Philadelphia’s Rich Historical Neighborhoods

Only 150 kilometers from New York, the historic city of Philadelphia is often eclipsed by the Big Apple, and many travelers exclude it from its list of essential destinations on the East Coast of the United States. An error, therefore, seen closely, the so-called city of fraternal love is charming, exciting and perfectly illustrates the other side of this region of the country.

For the Americans, it is the cradle of the government since it was here that in 1776 the founding fathers of the fatherland signed the Declaration of Independence.

History overflows through many corners of the city (the freedom bell, Benjamin Franklin's office) and since the oldest buildings in Philadelphia are so well preserved,

It is easier to know the foundational history of the country and the birth of its democracy here that in the not distant Washington DC.

History Of The Country

Beautiful and comfortable to explore, Philadelphia invites you to explore its elegant squares and alleys to immerse yourself in the history of the country, with neighborhoods ranging high for the average cost of home remodeling.

The Historic Mile

In its beginnings, Philadelphia was much more important than Washington, Boston or New York: it was the second largest city of the British Empire after London, but also the one that later, together with the capital of Massachusetts, unleashed its fall. From the beginning of the War of Independence until 1790 (the year in which the city of Washington was founded), it was the capital of the new nation.

The Bell Of Freedom

The Liberty Bell Center is one of the essential visits. In fact, it is a wrapper for one of the significant symbols of the city (and the country): a glass-walled building that houses the Bell of Liberty, emblem of the history of Philadelphia, before which tourists queue. The bell was forged in 1751 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Constitution. He settled in Independence Hall and rang with the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776.

The Cradle Of American Democracy

Independence Hall, "the birthplace of the United States government," is not very high. It was a modest Quaker building where the delegates of the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence of 1776. It can be seen for free in the Congress Hall, where the Congress was held when Philadelphia was still the capital of the country.

Constitutional Museum

In the curious and active National Constitution Center, unthinkable in another part of the world, the unique and absolute protagonist is the revered Constitution of the United States. The tour begins with a theatrical presentation of the historical document, to continue later by a series of interactive exhibitions, with cubicles to vote and games of questions. You can also see an original version of the Bill of Rights of 1776. It is convenient to go early to avoid the queues because the Americans have it among their visiting priorities.

The alley is a museum

The visit to the oldest part of the city is completed by other exciting centers, such as the one dedicated to the history of American Jews, with the natural interactive resources, or the alley of Elfreth’s Alley, which has been inhabited since the 1720s. One of its 32 brick houses is a museum that shows the historic street inside and out.

You can also visit the mint (United States Mint) to see how the dollars are minted and admire, in passing, the Tiffany mosaics of this elegant building. There are also mosaics of the same type in the Dream Garden, one of the halls of the Curtis Center where a luminous collection of Maxfield Parrish, which occupies an entire wall, shows a lush landscape made with more than 100,000 pieces of glass. It is considered one of the great American works of art.

The other side of Philadelphia: Chinatown

Philadelphia has the fourth-largest Chinese community in the country. The Chinatown neighborhood had existed since the 1860s when the Chinese immigrants who built the transcontinental railway were concentrated in this area of the city. Now, in addition to people from all over China, Malays, Thais, and Vietnamese also live together. Its most striking element is the colorful Chinese gate of Amistad, of four heights, but there are other exciting stops for the curious traveler, such as the Museum of African Americans.