The Streets of Philadelphia

I was in Philadelphia for a business conference the first full week in October. I arrived as early as possible on Sunday and had a few hours of daylight in which to see as much as I could. I managed to visit Independence Hall and see the Liberty Bell. Here are a few highlights.

The spire atop Independence Hall.
Left: Weathervane atop Independence Hall. Right (Top & Bottom): Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chamber.
Top: Assembly Room where the delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. Bottom: The black walking stick belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Right: Independence Hall was the site of many key events in American history.
The inscription reads, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof” Leviticus 25:10.
Left: The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds, is made of bronze and its strike note is an E-flat. (Source: Top: A historical building covered with ivy. Bottom: The eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Left: A tiled mosaic covered the facade of a building on South Street. Right: The bell last rang in 1846 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. (Source:
Statue of Benjamin Franklin on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Should you find yourself in Philly, I highly recommend these historic sites. The National Park Service provides information on operating hours and things to see and do. If you plan to visit Independence Hall, you will need tickets. They are free but you have to reserve them.

12 thoughts on “The Streets of Philadelphia

  1. Wonderful photos! We once spent a morning in Philadelphia, saw the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross’s house, Franklin’s grave, and had authentic Philly Steak Sandwiches – too short a visit, but still great! Thanks for sharing and bringing back memories of that day!

    1. Ah, I did get a Philly cheesesteak later in the week. It was huge! I would have liked to go see the Betsy Ross house but did not have enough time.

    1. Thank you. I was walking to my work conference and there he was on that bench. There are Ben Franklin quotes all along the paths. I had to take a pic!

  2. You take really nice photos. What camera do you use? When I travel, I love taking photos of architecture, especially of details of buildings. I’m always surprised how much inspiration I find in it for fabric patterns! What are your favorite things to photograph?

    1. Thank you. The camera definitely does the heavy lifting. I use a Nikon D7000. Some of the older pics, for instance the ones in China, were taken with a small pocket Canon PowerShot – not too shabby! I do like to capture details and close-ups. It helps me to remember the moments.

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