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If you want to see as much of Boston as possible and do not have much time, this is a great choice. An uninterrupted narrated tour takes two hours. For those with more than two hours to spare, there are 20 stops where passengers can get on and off the trolley to sightsee on their own. Stops include Faneuil Hall, Charlestown, the North End, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Copley Square. The tour takes off every 20 minutes and the fare includes a transfer ticket for a harbor tour.
This historic church, built in 1749 and part of the Freedom Trail, has the distinction of being the first Anglican congregation in the American colonies. Then, in 1785, it became the first Unitarian church in the country. There is still an active congregation that uses the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The interior is considered a paragon of Georgian architectural design. The 18th-century bell from England tolls even today. The church also has an historic cemetery. Although the church doesn't charge an admission fee, offerings will be appreciated.
Stroll through the fourth floor of Faneuil Hall to find this hidden piece of history. Founded in the 1800s, this museum-cum-library-cum-armory has military memorabilia and some of the oldest military artifacts in America. On the walls and enclosed in glass cases are antique weapons and faded uniforms. Also on display here are flags, military books and a wealth of paintings. This is an interesting place to stop and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Admission is free.
The Old South Meeting House was originally built as a church by Puritans in 1729. This building went on to play an important role in the American Revolution as a gathering point for those seeking American independence from Britain. On December 16, 1773, over 5000 colonists met here to protest a tea tax. From the meeting, these protesters went to the waterfront and tossed crates of tea into the harbor. The act later came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. An in-house shop in the museum basement has small articles of the historic events that occurred here, as well as copies of books and documents of historical importance.
There are more than 100 places to eat, shop and drink at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market. French merchant Peter Faneuil gave the hall that precedes the marketplace to his adopted home of Boston in 1742. It has been called the Cradle of Liberty because of the number of revolutionaries and abolitionists who delivered important speeches here. The hall is now a tourist center and place to shop, but public meeting facilities are still available.