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The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia has been bringing people together in worship since 1698. Construction on the current building began in 1869. The Church is a spectacular example of Victorian Gothic architecture, which depends on French and English medieval Gothic cathedral motifs and mixed use of materials in the construction. Various parts of the church are built from granite, sand-toned brick, terra cotta and marble. Tiffany windows complete the design, as well as an impressive set of five windows by Wailles of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
Washington Square, originally known as Congo Square, is one of William Penn's original five city squares. In colonial times, Black men and women were brought to this area before they were sold into bondage and transported to their new homes. The square later served as a burial ground for both American and British Revolutionary War soldiers and ironically, white and Black victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic were also buried together here. These days it's the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Housed within a magnificent Greek Revival building of 1826, the Philadelphia History Museum is, located on the 7th Street in Center City. The collection here features of over 100,000 eclectic items and artefacts that chronicle the city’s history. The place boasts of numerous interesting displays and exhibits like the world’s largest map of Philadelphia that covers an entire floor. Also on offer here are regular activities and planned events that the entire family can be a part of. If you're a history buff, the Philadelphia History Museum definitely warrants a visit.
The African American Museum is famous for carefully preserving and analyzing the pictorial and material culture and heritage of the African Americans. Over so many years of efforts, the museum has stored about 5 lac objects, images, documents, dressings, pictures and books of the natives. Major events held here are Celebrate Africa 2008!, Discover Greatness, AAMP Art and Quilters' Roundtable. Generally, on Saturdays, there are Family Days which feature face painting, story telling sessions, choreographed dances and projecting films. Local artists put on their beautiful art-work based on lives of entertainers, politicians and freedom fighters.
The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia was established in 1796 under the supervision of Joseph Priestly, an English scientist and Unitarian minister. It was also the first church in North America to call itself Unitarian. The current building at this location was designed by Frank Furness, a famous architect from Philadelphia, who was able to combine his unique drafting style with the religious tradition of the Church, to create this registered landmark.
The Rosenbach Museum & Library is cozily nestled away in a residential area within the two historic townhouses at 2008 and 2010 Delancey Place. The 19th-century townhouses boasts original manuscripts and handwritten copies of some of the world's most important literary works. The most highly prized of all the rarities on display is the original handwritten manuscript for James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. The museum celebrates 'Ulysses' every June 16th with the Bloomsday festival. Apart from the library's extensive collection, the historic house museum also showcases period furniture and decorative artwork from the 16th to the 20th Centuries making for a diverse chronicle of historic culture and the literary arts.