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Travel Tips to Philadelphia (PHL)
Philadelphia – Cradle of the Declaration of Independence
Philadelphia lies on the Delaware River in the State of Pennsylvania and is one of the five biggest cities in the USA. After New York City, Philadelphia is the biggest city on America’s East Coast. The foundation of the city was planned as long ago as 1681. It became famous through the agreement of the constitution and the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Along with the oldest post office in America, two important banks and the country’s first zoo are found in Philadelphia.
Film Declaration of Love for Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a film backdrop in well-known films, for example, in the film of the same name with Tom Hanks in the lead role. Apart from that, the Oscar-nominated "Silver Linings" with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper was filmed here.
Probably the most important films for Philadelphia were those about the boxer Rocky Balboa. The first "Rocky" by John Avildsen won three Oscars, became a classic and started the unbelievable success of the series. The director is here speaking about Philadelphia as the backdrop to the film.
You will also find the "Rocky Steps" here: In the film, Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa jogs through the streets of Philadelphia and thousands of fans follow him. Finally, he runs up the sweeping steps up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and wildly celebrates his triumph up there- epic! At the foot of the steps is a bronze statue of Rocky – with arms aloft signifying victory and surrounded by thousands of fans even today.
Philadelphia: The Most Important Attractions
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
At the western end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on a small hill is an imposing building. The art museum consists of three parts of the building, the actual museum, the Rodin Museum and the Fairmount Park House. The idea of founding a museum came from the World Exhibition in 1876. The Philadelphia Museum of Art today houses one of the largest art collections in the USA. One highlight is the works of the painter Thomas Eakins, who was born in Philadelphia. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00, and on Wednesdays and Fridays visitors can see some exhibitions until 20.45. Reserve a flight to Philadelphia with FlyDoha and discover the art world of America!
Independence National Historical Park – a Quarter Full of American History
Independence National Historical Park is a National Park which is dedicated to the preservation and care of buildings which are connected to the American Revolution and Independence. The park is the most historic and best preserved quarter in the USA. In the Visitor Centre, visitors can see a film which explains the historical background. One of the defining buildings in the park is "Independence Hall", where the American constitution and the declaration of independence were formulated and agreed in the late 18th century. The famous Liberty Bell is also in the bell tower of the building. If you look on the back of a 100 Dollar Note you can see Independence Hall. The First Bank of the United States, which served as the Government’s bank from 1797 until 1811 also stands here. In the summer months, today there are regular theatre performances in the grounds. The Declaration of Independence was first read in 1776 on Independence Square and the Old City Hall was once the Government House. The Independence National Historical Park can be visited between 9.00 and 17.00. However, there is a limited number of tickets available every day so register early!