Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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
Location. 39° 56.921′ N, 75° 9.012′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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. • Government • Notable Buildings • Notable Events • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,152 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on November 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.