|That's Independence Hall on the left, and the Liberty Bell's building to the right. Check out the line to see the Bell!|
|Organ Pipes and 1740 Chandelier of Christ Church|
|The Betsy Ross House|
The brightest star of a visitor's tour of Philadelphia would have to be Independence Hall on Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets. It was built between 1732 and 1756 and intended to be the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania. This is where the colonial delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the federal Constitution. Did you know Abraham Lincoln lied here in state after his 1865 assassination? Tours are available every day, but they are very popular (VERY popular) and must be picked up at the spiffy Visitor Center between Independence Hall and the Constitution Center. The Liberty Bell Center is there, too, and the modern National Constitution Center. Connecting these buildings is an expansive lawn, necessary to accommodate the energetic kids, photo-snappers, dog walkers, and everyone drawn to this historic place. The clock tower looks shiny and new after its recent makeover, doesn't it? On the day this photo was taken, the National Park Service was preparing for an event to celebrate the unveiling of the recently restored tower--that's the yellowish green bit in the center of the photo.