Why you must visit Philadelphia!

Updated: Oct 08, 2015, 06:04 AM IST
Why you must visit Philadelphia!
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The very exotic Philadelphia stands apart from the oldest city to the first art school, oldest theater to the first stock exchange. The city with its myriad features is truly a place worth visiting to explore.

Check out a list of significant activities happened first and foremost in Philadelphia.

Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest residential street in America since 1713. It is one of the only three preserved 18th century streetscapes in the country.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts founded in 1805, is the first school and art museum in the United States.

Walnut street theater

It is the oldest theater since 1809, which is in continuous use in the English –speaking world.

Philadelphia orchestra

It is the first orchestra appeared in motion picture in the year 1937, aired on television in the year 1948 and then followed by tour to China I the year 1973.

Philadelphia is the first city to guarantee religious freedom in the year 1682.

Mother Bethel AM.E Church

Established in 1794, it is the first Africa- American Church started in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia zoo was first chartered in 1859 and established in 1874 is the first zoo opened in America.

Since 1776, Philadelphia is the first state of America which celebrates 4th July every year with ten days Wawa Welcome America festival.

Thanksgiving Day parade.

In the year 1919, Philadelphia organized first Thanksgiving Day parade.

Bartam’s Garden

It was the botanical garden opened in 1728.

Philadelphia Stock exchange

It was the first stock exchange started in 1728 in United States

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Earlier in the year 1932, known as PSFS (bank) Building , the first international skyscraper Loews Philadelphia Hotel, was also the first totally air conditioned building in United States.

Pennsylvania Hospitals

Started in the year 1751, It is the first and oldest hospital in United States

First fair in America

In Philadelphia only, The world’s first fair in America took place in 1876 by tha name of The Centennial International Exhibition at Memorial Hall which was especially built for the World’s Fair and also houses please touch Museum

The Constitution Convention

It is first American convention, where in the year 1787, The Constitution of the Unites States was written and adopted by representative of 13 original colonies.

University of Pennsylvania

It is the first American University started in Philadelphia and achieved a status of University in the year 1779.

The Library Company of Philadelphia

This is the first library founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, is currently located in 1314 Locust Street and is open to public.

So, now you know why visiting Philadelphia is a must!