The City of Brotherly Love
It is located in the Northeastern United States at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and it is the only consolidated city-county in Pennsylvania. With more than 1,500,000 inhabitants, it is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania, and is home to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and several Fortune 500 companies. It was home of many celebrities, such as Bradley Cooper, Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Kat Dennings and Lauren Cohan.
In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. During the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants. It became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration and surpassed two million occupants by 1950.
Some of the main touristic attractions
- Liberty Bell Center: an iconic symbol of American independence. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.
- Adventure Aquarium: You can explore nearly 200,000 square feet of sea life and wildlife at this state-of-the-art riverfront aquarium.
- Please Touch Museum: So delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.
- The Franklin Institute: Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art: The third-largest art museum in the country.
- Gloria Dei [Old Swedes’] Church: Built between 1698 and 1700 to serve a parish of Swedish settlers who lived along the banks of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers.