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The Guardian Building, constructed in 1929, is one of the most recognizable landmark buildings in the Detroit skyline. Bestowed as a United States Historic Landmark, this stunning piece of architecture towers more than 490 feet (149 meter) over Detroit's heart. The opulent Art Deco structure has 36 floors with interiors that are actually just as impressive as the façade. It's home to many financial firms and hence it has rightly earned the epithet 'Cathedral of Finance'. Irrespective of how busy one's schedule is, locals as well as tourists find time to step-in and admire the colorful beauty of this architectural marvel.
The hub of all things cultural in Detroit, the Cultural Center Historic District in the city encompasses three sites which are the most famous historic landmarks of the city: Detroit Public Library, Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building and Detroit institute of Arts. The area of the Cultural Center has many different museums about topics very important to Detroit. This historical place is a must visit for all visitors to the city.
This classy-looking emporium has by far the best locations, in the heart of Greektown. The casino is 90 percent owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, who own five other casinos in northern Michigan. A glowing Olympic-style torch and beautifully painted murals mark the entrance to the three-story Mediterranean-style Greektown Casino. Inside are 3800 slot machines and 180 table games over 75,000 square feet (6967 square meters). Child care, free valet parking and a cinema are available, as well as nightly entertainment at the Rock Bar and Lounge. The Prism, which specializes in steaks and seafood, and the Bistro 555, an American restaurant, are also on site.
Centrally located on the bustling Woodward Avenue, Campus Martius Park is part of Detroit's efforts to reconstruct the downtown cityscape. Filled with botanical gardens and expansive lawns, this park is a welcome change from the high-rise buildings in the area, and draws hundreds of visitors in search of some sun and relaxation. The surrounding area has also grown to reflect the new spirit of downtown, with restaurants and cafes catering to families and business people alike. The park also houses monuments and artwork celebrating the history of the city, and features multiple stages for music concerts and performances. If you find yourself in Detroit during the winter months, be sure to bring your skates and head to Campus Martius' outdoor rink.
For those seeking hustle and unlimited fun, Greektown is the place to be. What once was one block of nearly identical Greek restaurants has expanded into an exciting district filled with restaurants, clubs, shops and even the Greektown Casino. The increasingly upscale but still affordable Greek eateries and bakeries, with their succulent baklava and other pastries, still provide the anchor for a diverse area.
Restored to its former splendor, the Detroit Opera House is a downtown landmark that finds itself right in the middle of the action, bordered by the Theatre District, Comerica Park and Greektown. The superb acoustics in the hall provide a prime venue for the Michigan Opera Theatre and for a variety of other performing arts productions, including plays, concerts and dance performances. In days gone by, it was a theater, concert and movie house, the fifth-largest in the world when it opened in 1922. The frescoes, marble stairways, draperies and chandeliers from its glory days have been restored. The Opera House reopened in 1996 with a performance by Luciano Pavarotti.