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Be a tourist, even if you live in Philly. We have a UNESCO World Heritage Site right in our backyard, and it just happens to be where the very ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness began. 

 Built between 1732 and 1751. The distinctive steeple was demolished in 1781 and replaced in 1828. 

Built between 1732 and 1751. The distinctive steeple was demolished in 1781 and replaced in 1828. 

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 Supreme Court, with the Dock where the accused literally had to stand trial.  

Supreme Court, with the Dock where the accused literally had to stand trial.  

   "RESOLVED:  That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally disolved."

"RESOLVED:  That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally disolved."

 18th century furnishings and sunglasses

18th century furnishings and sunglasses

 18th century books and quills

18th century books and quills

 This chair has remained in Independence Hall since 1776 when it was the Pennsylvania State House and the site of the Continental Congress.  

This chair has remained in Independence Hall since 1776 when it was the Pennsylvania State House and the site of the Continental Congress.  

 House of Representatives

House of Representatives

 Stairway of Congress Hall

Stairway of Congress Hall

 Senate

Senate

 The Liberty Bell hung in Independence Hall’s steeple until the 1850s, and then was on display on the ground floor until 1976.  

The Liberty Bell hung in Independence Hall’s steeple until the 1850s, and then was on display on the ground floor until 1976.  

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 Thanks for coming! 

Thanks for coming!