Spreading across 9200 acres (3723.11 hectares) with 63 parks, Fairmount Park is among the biggest city park systems in the nation. It features picturesque trails, rolling hills, streams, historical structures, woodlands, public arts and more. The Centennial Arboretum, Horticulture Center, Japanese House and Garden and Philadelphia Museum of Art are some of the interesting sites located in this massive expanse. It also has recreational centers and sporting fields.
Due to its spellbinding architecture and sheer grandeur, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is a must-visit place on the list of every tourist in Philadelphia. This beautiful cathedral is the centerpiece of one of the largest Catholic populations in North America. It was designed by celebrated architect Napoleon LeBrun and constructed between 1846 and 1864 by blending Palladian and Italian Renaissance architectural styles. A beautiful “baldachin” or “canopy” over the altar is evidence of the Italian influence while the church façade is in the Palladian style. In fact, you may be forgiven for thinking you are in Europe while viewing this glorious cathedral. Embark on an audio tour and learn more about its eight chapels, 2000-seat sanctuary, vaulted copper dome, and a spectacular apse featuring red marble carvings and stained glass work. During the tour, you will also be familiarized with the fascinating history of the basilica. As Pennsylvania's largest Catholic church, this monument is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 240,000 objects filled with treasures spanning across continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 400,000 works of art like prints, drawings and photographs. The huge stone edifice of the museum, supported by majestic Doric columns, looks over the Schuylkill River. Scale the steps made famous in the 'Rocky' movies.
A jewel of the Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell spans layers and layers of long-standing history. In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” When the bell first rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, little did it know that it was going to change the course of the country forever. It was later dubbed the 'Liberty Bell' by abolitionists, who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom for all Americans. A copper-clad, 2,080-pound (940-kilogram) icon of American independence, The Liberty Bell yet serves as a symbol of pride, inspiration and freedom.
The red-bricked Georgian building in the midst of the 45-acre (18.2-hectare) Independence National Historical Park is one of the most recognizable historical landmarks in the nation, emblematic of the culmination of a series of epoch-making events that led to the birth of an independent America. The place where both the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were signed, the Independence Hall has come to be synonymous with the the ideas of freedom and democracy that the declaration is hinged on, and stands tall on Philadelphia's historic Chestnut Street, flanked by side wings and a steeple. Constructed between 1732 and 1753, the famed Independence Hall was the brainchild of Andrew Hamilton and Edmund Woolley, and also served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. The iconic Liberty Bell is located right around the corner, although its original home was Independence Hall's bell tower.
Franklin Square is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of five landscapes planned by William Penn in the late 1600s. It was formerly called Northeast Square, and later renamed in 1825 to honor Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer of the country as well as inventor and activist. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1981.
The St. Paul's Church is a beautiful hstoric church with pristine white exteriors that give it a ancient look. Established in 1828, it displays a mix of Rural Gothic and Gothic Revival styles of architecture. This church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The church continues to be active and hosts services regularly.
The St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a historic church located in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. This Gothic style gray stone structure was first built in 1861 and modifications were made by Jay Cooke and Horace Trumbauer over the years. The stone structure of the church also features a two story clock tower and an adjoining cemetery. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Heritage Glass Museum established in 1979 is a historic glass museum. It is built to promote the glass manufacturing industry and it houses old glass bottles, tools of workers from the glass factories, fruit jars, historical and Figural Flasks and other hand blown glass items. The museum will present you with the transition that came about in the glass manufacturing industry and also explain about the process of making glassware. Visit the place to know about what era each of their glassware belonged to with a piece of information on the local culture.
Nitre Hall is built in 1805 in a property expanding 9 acres (3.6 acres). The owner of the Nitre Hall Powder Mills was the resident owner of Nitre Hall, and lived in it till his death. The building consists of three floors, with the custodian staying on the ground floor and the top two floors showcase exhibits and other Colonial age items. The Hall is opened from May through October and in December for special occasions and events. It is frequented by schools for field trips, and members of different historical societies.
Perched on top of a hill, located within a green estate that covers nearly 72 acres (29 hectares), Woodmont is a mansion built by renowned architect Will Price in 1894. The building's architecture is Châteauesque, drawing inspiration from French and Gothic designs. The mansion was known to accommodate revered spiritual leader Reverend M. J. Divine during the early 50s, which was when the building was at its peak in terms of popularity. Its association with Father Divine allowed it to be mentioned as a National Historic Monument, frequented by tourists from far and wide.