Philadelphia born in 1682, the creation of idealistic English Quaker William Penn, with the city name being derived from Greek meaning “brotherly love”. The city would become the national capital from 1790 to 1800.
We took the Constitutional walking tour, taking in: Christ church burial ground where Benjamin Franklin is buried; Christ church which has been active since 1695; the liberty Bell originally the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House. It weighs 2,000 pounds and was silenced by a crack in 1846. Carpenters hall built in 1770, the first continental congress met here in 1774 to draw up a Declaration of Rights and Grievances and an appeal to king George III – in response to the British parliament punishing Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party.
Independence hall built in 1732 as the Pennsylvania State House, where in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted, its also where the Constitutional Convention met to draft, debate and then sign The constitution in 1787.
Passing by Washington Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Revolutionary War; Franklin bridge; national constitution center; US mint; Franklin court where Franklin’s house once stood; first bank of the US; new hall military museum; second bank of the US; library hall; congress hall; old city hall