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Old April 9th, 2009, 05:20 AM   #1
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PHILADELPHIA: the city of Brotherly LOVE!

Hey guys, I visited the city of Brotherly Love for the first time ever on March 9-11 of this year, and I have to tell you, Philly absolutely blew me away. I had a great time here. I was in New York first, and I had a great time there, but Philly absolutely astounded me. I toured Center City, Old City, Washington Park, the Museum District, and the sports complex. I took the bus from New York to Philly on the Monday of that week, the 9th of March.

I took so many pictures of Philadelphia I have decided to break it into several parts. Here is Part 1, with some first impressions of the city, including Center City and Chinatown.

Starting off in Chinatown (near the Bus Depot, never knew Philly had a Chinatown until now)

The Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Reading Terminal Market

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in a nice building

The Philadelphia City Hall, located in the middle of Penn Square and a fine example of second empire architecture, was constructed from 1871 to 1901, and was the tallest building in the world from 1901 until 1908.

Philadelphia's name actually means "Brotherly Love" in Greek.

First glimpses of Philadelphia's Center City... the tallest buildings are part of Liberty Place...

Buildings surrounding Kennedy Square Park...

To the left in this picture, you will see the Comcast Center, completed last year and is officially the tallest building in the United States between Chicago and New York.

Arch Street United Methodist Church, constructed 1865-1870.

Comcast Center poking out from the fine old architecture of Center City...

One City Plaza, built 1898

The famous "LOVE" statue in JFK plaza.

The Insurance Company of North America Building, built in 1925, became a national landmark in 1978, and is now a condominium building. The insurance company re-located to Chestnut St.

Pennsylvania Railroad Suburban Station Building, built in 1929, serves as a downtown terminus for all SEPTA transportation buses, subways, and commuter rail.

Eagles, on the Insurance Building. You'll see Eagles just about everywhere in Philly... if you know what I mean...

Suburban station again, the office portion is called One Penn Center...

A nice lady told me to look inside the Suburban Station, and I was thoroughly impressed...

Looking up at Liberty Place, tucked between two other office buildings...

The base of the Comcast Center...

Looking up, definitely not as "strong" and "powerful" as the Empire State Building in New York...

Mellon Bank Tower, NOT in Pittsburgh?!?

The top of Liberty Place

Looking up at Liberty Place

More offices in Center City...

My Hotel, the Latham Hotel, great rates and very classy rooms, too...

My room, very hospitable...

The view from my room...

First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, completed in 1698. For some reason, every time I see a church in Philly, I keep thinking of the show, "Amen" with Sherman Hemsley, who, btw, is a native of Philadelphia, and you know him best as TV's George Jefferson.

Liberty Place Towers 1 and 2, I had to retake some pictures, because the sun began to shine...

Diverse architecture in Center City,

Famous DAFFY's store in Center City


Dramatic shots of Liberty Place and Comcast Center

Looking towards City Hall...

Suburban Station and One Penn Place again...

Mellon Tower again...

Blue Cross Building...

Philadelphia Stock Exchange Building...

Subway... to Independence Hall Park and Old City, coming up on the next part of the tour!

Part 2 will be coming soon...

Hope you all like my views of Philly! ENJOY!
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Old April 9th, 2009, 05:53 AM   #2
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Philadelphia is beautiful and is one of the best cities in America.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #3
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Philadelphia is indeed one of the most beautiful cities in USA after those photos i have no doubt about that...
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philadelphia is gorgeous
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Old April 21st, 2009, 05:12 AM   #5
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Here is Part 2, with Independence Hall and Park, Liberty Bell, Old City Philadelphia, and the Riverfront.

Part 1: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=843606

Took the Market Street subway over to near Independence Hall. Philly's subway system MUCH cleaner and nicer than New York City's.

Looking west on Market Street from the Subway station...

Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States. Likely Philadelphia's most famous building, next to City Hall. Built in 1753. A World Heritage Site and part of Independence National Historic Park.

Independence Hall from the Liberty Bell exhibit

The famous Liberty Bell

Site of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) social movements in 1965.

Second Bank of the United States, built in 1816.

"The Signer" Statue

The Bourse Building, built in 1895.

Looking east on Market Street

More of Independence Hall and Park...

Constitution Document Museum

INSIDE Independence Hall... the west wing

The East Wing, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

Hall in Independence Park...

Benjamin Franklin's Estate

Plaque of Benjamin Franklin

Old City Philadelphia...


Benjamin Franklin Bridge...

Walt Whitman Bridge...

Camden, New Jersey (went through here on a bus, interesting place)

Looking east back towards Center City...

Penn's Landing(??)

More of Old City...

Christ Church Neighborhood House

The Christ Church Steeple, completed in 1744. Was once the tallest building in the United States until 1856.

Betsy Ross House and Museum

Can't remember what this building is...

Ben Franklin Statue in front of a FIRE HALL!

Benjamin Franklin's Grave...

Christ Church Burial Ground...

Plaques portraying the life and times of Benjamin Franklin...

Quaker Meeting House

National Constitution Center

United States Mint

Fox 29, a carbon copy of Buffalo's FOX 29.

Retail on Market Street...

More to come soon! Enjoy!
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I love this photo. The pennies make it perfect.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 12:08 AM   #7
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Philadelphia shines in these photos!
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Old August 19th, 2009, 03:45 AM   #8
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great shots!
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Very nice place!
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Old August 19th, 2009, 05:09 AM   #10
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What a great city!

So much history.
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