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Independence Hall

 
 
Independence Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Independence Hall Marker
Inscription. No stranger ever comes to Philadelphia without paying a visit to this structure, and no public edifice exists among us, which is cherished so warmly in the feelings of the citizens.
Views of Philadelphia, 1838

The building in front of you was built between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the Colony of Pennsylvania. Today it is known as Independence Hall, an international symbol of government by the people.

Two great documents took shape here. The Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, set forth the founding principles of the new nation. Eleven years later, in 1787, these principles were embodied in the United States Constitution, now the oldest written constitution in the world.

Interest in the preservation of Independence Hall as a symbol of American ideals has grown. In 1816 Philadelphian saved the old State House from impending demolition. In 1948 the U.S. Congress made this building the centerpiece of a new National Historical Park. Finally, in 1980, Independence Hall was designated a World Heritage Site.
 
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization marker
Independence Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Independence Hall Marker
Painting on Marker
Congress voting independence in the Assembly Room on July 4, 1776. Painting by Edward Savage, based on a canvas by Robert E. Pine. Courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Details in the painting were used by the National Park Service in restoring Independence Hall.
series.
 
Location. 39° 56.921′ N, 75° 9.012′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Click for map. Marker is in the center of Independence Square. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Independence Square (a few steps from this marker); Memorial to the Soldiers and Patriots of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Independence Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Commodore John Barry, U. S. N. (within shouting distance of this marker); John F. Kennedy (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Declaration Chamber (within shouting distance of this marker); In This Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  UNESCO World Heritage Site, Independence Hall. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable BuildingsNotable EventsPatriots & Patriotism
 
Independence Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. Independence Hall
Courtroom of Independence Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
4. Courtroom of Independence Hall
The accused stood inside the railing and the jury sat in the benches to the left.
Signing Room image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
5. Signing Room
The Continental Congress met in this room and adopted the Declaration of Independence. The only original item is the Rising Sun chair occupied by the President.
The Long Gallery on the second floor of Independence Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
6. The Long Gallery on the second floor of Independence Hall
The second floor is only open during the month of July.
The Long Gallery on the second floor of Independence Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
7. The Long Gallery on the second floor of Independence Hall
Map Display in Long Gallery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
8. Map Display in Long Gallery
The walls contain maps of each of the colonies.
Center window from the stairway to the second floor. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
9. Center window from the stairway to the second floor.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,139 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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