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City Hall, Philadelphia

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The largest municipal building in the country, City Hall sits on the spot that once marked the geographic center of the city. Designed by architect John McArthur Jr. and completed in 1901 after nearly three decades of construction, this 167 m (548 ft) tall structure is the world's tallest masonry building. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of the Second Empire style of architecture, the imposing building features granite floors, marble columns, and 250 sculptures created by famed artist Alexander Milne Calder. A statue of city founder William Penn, considered the greatest achievement of Calder's career, adorns the top of the building. The interior of the building is composed of 700 rooms, some of which you can explore on a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. The site offers two-hour tours for an in-depth look at the building, or you can get a ticket to the hall's observation deck and tower to take in sweeping views of the city. Make City Hall part of your personalized Philadelphia itinerary using our Philadelphia itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I walked around City Hall and admired the architecture. It's free to walk on the grounds. I found that I could walk all the way through and there's a lovely and large outdoor courtyard inside.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Truly symbolic of this beautiful city with old & impressive history! Opening on all sides into streets leading to main attractions of the city nearby,it is bustling with activities all the time.Seems ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Very nice historic building, it is possible to pass on the inside of the building where in general there are artists with their works
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  • June 2, 2017
    When the Second Empire Baroque style city hall building was completed, it was the tallest, freestanding secular building in the world. At the base of William Penn statue is where the Observation Deck is located. In order to go up to the Observation Deck, go to the City Hall visitor center on the first floor to make pre-paid reservation. TIP: GO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR TIME, ESPECIALLY DURING THE PEAK TOURIST SEASON. A claustrophobic elevator which will only take four visitors plus a security guard/guide up to the Observation Deck. You'll have 15 minutes to enjoy the panoramic view of The City of Brotherly Love. During the elevator ride, peak through the small elevator windows to see the metal beams supporting internal structure. As of 2016, One Liberty Observation Deck is another option to view the city from the sky, but it will cost you more. Also, there is no time limit at One Liberty Observation Deck. ENJOY!!
  • March 25, 2017
    Beautiful and imposing early 20th century building designated a National Historic Landmark. It is impressive both from the outside and inside (at the building courtyard), day or night. It is also interesting to have a statue (William Penn’s) at the very top of the building.
  • June 13, 2017
    As a local, i like this historical city but i hate to see the dirty streets, chewing gums, garbages, sputum, old broken buildings and waste lands. i reckon that this city is not well managed. Local Railway is outdated and train stations are lack of parking spaces. It needs a rebuild.
  • April 10, 2017
    The Second Empire style city hall at Philadelphia's core is one of the most magnificent in the country.
  • April 29, 2017
    Beautiful Building day and night. Must go see yourself.

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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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