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Masonic Temple, Philadelphia

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4.6/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging is the premier masonic organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is one of the oldest Grand Lodges in the United States, having been established on 26 September 1786 by delegates from the thirteen lodges holding warrants (or charters) from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a provincial grand lodge of the Ancients' Grand Lodge of England. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is the largest Grand Lodge, in terms of membership, in the United States.
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  • Masonic Temple of Philadelphia - this is the very next gorgeous building to the City Hall. This structure make you feel good about people and their nice works. Always calm, well kept, and inviting. 
  • Of great architectural value, is next to the Love Park and City Hall. We only visit it out since we did not know that there were guided tours.
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  • Personally, living Europe push to significantly mitigate the "must-see". This is the case of this Masonic temple that is worth for its size and richness (number of rooms, statues, etc.) but which is relatively recent (late 19th century). The guide only spoke American (normal at the bottom, they are at home...) and the explanations were simple and brief.
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  • Very luxurious building, displaying a vast variety of architectural styles on the exterior. There are a few tours available during the week. The interior is very lavish, and the tours take you into seven meeting rooms, each decorated in a different style. There is a display of artifacts in the library, which includes George Washington's apron. Very neat place for anyone who likes architecture and interior design.
  • Do you like history? This is amazing. $10/head for a tour for anyone, Masons can tour for free (there's a donation box). Friendly tour guides and an absolute treasure of history. Even if you're not a mason, it's worth the trip, since this temple was erected when Philadelphia was hardly a wide spot in the road. There's a library which lets you read historic, old books for free, and a well stocked gift shop with books to buy. Parking is an absolute write off, plan on finding a garage somewhere and walking.
  • This lodge is beautiful. By far the most impressive lodge I have ever visited. I look forward to going again.
  • Splendid architecture that will have you in awe! A flavor of the world and not a cheesy Disney Epcot sort of way. This structure holds much history and many secrets. You need to get your tickets in advance and come early, but this is a worth while site to behold. Watch for trap doors, false walls, secret passage ways and moving book cases. If you are lover of wisdom, history and architecture- this one is for you.
  • This is the most beautiful building in all of Philadelphia and the best organization in the entire world. If you are in Philadelphia I strongly suggest to visit this building if you want to see what American history is all about, learn about our fraternity and have a desire for knowledge. Being a Freemason is the best thing I've ever done in my life!
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