Independence Hall, Graveyards and Art in Philadelphia


My second day in Philadelphia began with an absolutely delicious egg, bacon and cheese biscuit sandwich at the Metropolitan Bakery near Rittenhouse Square.  The biscuit was so flaky and yummy!

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Here are some of my sites that day…

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Pretty blue…

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My Couchsurfing hostess…Claire recommended that I stop in the Curtis Building and have a look at this beautiful 15 x 49-foot mosaic of more than 100,000 pieces of favrile glass, entitled Dream Garden.  Maxfield Parrish created the painting on which the mosaic is based.

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This creative architecture is also in the lobby of the building…

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My itinerary for the day also included seeing some of the historical sites of Philadelphia, such as Independence Hall, birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, shown below…

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The Visitor’s Center is one block away, where you can obtain free tickets for the tour.  This is the Assembly Room where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed.

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Congress Hall is located next door to Independence Hall…

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Here’s the Liberty Bell.

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I like cemeteries and Christ Church Burial Ground is lovely.  Benjamin Franklin is buried here and people like to throw pennies on his grave.  They charge $2.00 to enter, but if you only want to take a look at his site, you can view it from outside the fence.

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All of these historical sites are contained within a small area that is very walkable!

I walked to South Street, an eclectic part of Philadelphia after exploring this area, so come back tomorrow to check it out!

28 thoughts on “Independence Hall, Graveyards and Art in Philadelphia

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  2. I’m really enjoying your walks around Philly Sherry, They are quite inspirational with their mix of history and great photography, that bacon and egg scone looked pretty good too!

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  3. Here it’s …. when I visit Philly the bell it was outside on a square. Love that it that crack. $200 for visiting .. that is daylight rubbery.
    A wonderful tour of US history. A stunning gallery and thanks for bringing great and fun memories back to alive for me.
    That Hall photo is magnificent …

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