Greetings from Philadelphia, PA: America starts here!
Interesting center city architectures, highlighted by Liberty Place - Philadelphia's tallest building, and Saints Peter and Paul in the foreground.With its majestic facade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar, eight impressive side chapels, and main sanctuary the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is one of the largest brownstone and architecturally-eminent structures in the City of Philadelphia. It is ranked among the outstandingly beautiful and architecturally perfect structures in Philadelphia and in the United States.
As twilight settles upon this historic city, Philadelphia's City Hall, the largest municipal building in the country, becomes illuminated.City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States and exceeds the Capitol in Washington. The granite and marble exterior is embellished with a vast number of sculptures in keeping with the tastes of the French Second Empire style that was popular in the 1870s. The bronze statue of William Penn at the summit of the tower is 37 feet tall and is the largest statue on any building in the world. Of particular interest are the four spiral stairways whose granite slabs jut out of the walls with no visible means of support.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Overlooking the Schuylkill and the city, the Museum is one of the finest in the world.
This museum has perhaps the most dramatic location of any in the world being situated on a hill at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway overlooking the Schuylkill. The building was constructed of a golden color stone in the 1920s and recalls the architecture of ancient Greece. Alas, the installation of elaborate multicolor sculpture for the triangular pediments was cut short by the Great Depression.