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Philadelphia, anchored to history

DH News Service, Dec 9 2017, 21:51 IST

Where America began

Philadelphia Independence Hall

Philadelphia Independence Hall

In Philadelphia, the Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is home to sites where seminal events carried the US through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.The INHP welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors every year. Know more about some of Philly's historical stars...

Independence Hall

Independence Hall was the birthplace of America as a nation. This historical site was originally built as the Pennsylvania State House. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre changed the world when fathers of the nation debated and adopted both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution here.

The Liberty Bell

One of the most-visited locations inside the park, the Liberty Bell was moved to its current location from Independence Hall in 2003. It was originally cast in Great Britain and recast in 1753 in Philadelphia to adorn the State House.

Used to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings, it was soon adopted by abolitionists, suffragists, civil rights advocates, Native Americans, immigrants, war protesters and others as their symbol.

The 44-pound clapper caused the bell's crack on its first use, and though the bell has been recast twice, the imperfection remains today.

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center, an interactive museum, is dedicated to the document on which the nation was founded, and the impact different interpretations of the documents have had on the nation and world since it was adopted in 1789.

The National Constitution Center dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from the revolutionary time to the present through more than 100 interactive multimedia exhibits, films, photograph, text and artefacts. The center also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, Freedom Rising.

President's House

The President's House, where both George Washington and John Adams spent most of their time in power before the White House was built in Washington D C, commemorates the history of the original executive mansion of Washington and Adams, including the obscured story of enslaved Africans in the house during Washington's presidency.

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