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  • 1. Academy of Music

    Rittenhouse Square | Arts/Performance Venue

    The only surviving European-style opera house in America is the current home of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet...Read More

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  • Barnes Foundation

    2. Barnes Foundation

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Museum/Gallery

    Nearly sequestered from public view for a century in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, this legendary collection of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces...Read More

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  • Boathouse Row

    3. Boathouse Row

    Fairmount Park | Building/Architectural Site

    These architecturally varied 19th-century buildings—in Victorian Gothic, Gothic Revival, and Italianate styles—are home to the rowing clubs...Read More

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  • City Hall

    4. City Hall

    Center City East | Government Building

    Topped by a 37-foot bronze statue of William Penn, City Hall was Philadelphia's tallest building until 1987; you can study the trappings of...Read More

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  • Cliveden

    5. Cliveden

    Germantown | House/Mansion/Villa

    The grounds take up an entire block, and its unique history, impressive architecture, and the guides who spin a good yarn combine to make Cliveden...Read More

  • 6. Elfreth's Alley

    Old City | Historic District/Site

    This alley is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, dating back to 1702. Much of Colonial Philadelphia resembled this...Read More

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  • 7. Headhouse Square

    Society Hill | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This open-air Colonial marketplace, extending from Pine Street to Lombard Street, is a reminder of the days when people went to central outdoor...Read More

  • Independence Hall

    8. Independence Hall

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The birthplace of the United States, this redbrick building with its clock tower and steeple is one of the nation's greatest icons. America...Read More

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  • Italian Market

    9. Italian Market

    Bella Vista | Market/Bazaar

    It's more Naples than Philadelphia: vendors crowd the sidewalks and spill out onto the streets; live crabs wait for the kill, while it's too...Read More

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  • 10. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    Rittenhouse Square | Arts/Performance Venue

    Intended to make a contemporary design statement, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has some architectural oomph with its dramatic vaulted...Read More

  • Liberty Bell Center

    11. Liberty Bell Center

    Old City | Historic District/Site

    The bell fulfilled the words of its inscription when it rang to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,...Read More

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  • 12. Macy's

    Center City East | Store/Shop/Mall

    The former John Wanamaker department store, this building is almost as prominent a Philadelphia landmark as the Liberty Bell. Wanamaker began...Read More

  • National Constitution Center

    13. National Constitution Center

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    This 160,000-square-foot museum brings the U.S. Constitution alive through a series of highly interactive exhibits tracing the development and...Read More

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  • 14. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    Center City West | Museum/Gallery

    This High Victorian Gothic structure is a work of art in itself. Designed in 1876 by the noted, and sometimes eccentric, Philadelphia architects...Read More

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    15. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Museum/Gallery

    The city's premier cultural attraction is one of the country's leading museums. One of the greatest treasures of the museum is the building...Read More

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    16. Reading Terminal Market

    Center City East | Market/Bazaar

    The market is nothing short of a historic treasure, and a food heaven to Philadelphians and visitors alike. One floor beneath the former Reading...Read More

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  • Rittenhouse Square

    17. Rittenhouse Square

    Rittenhouse Square | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Once grazing ground for cows and sheep, Philadelphia's most elegant square is reminiscent of a Parisian park. One of William Penn's original...Read More

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  • 18. Rodin Museum

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Museum/Gallery

    This jewel of a museum holds the biggest collection outside France of the work of sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). Occupying a 20th-century...Read More

  • 19. Shofuso Japanese House

    Fairmount Park | Building/Architectural Site

    This replica of a 16th-century guesthouse was reassembled here in 1958 after being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The...Read More

  • 20. The Comcast Center

    Center City West | Building/Architectural Site

    Now Philadelphia's tallest building, the 975-foot Comcast Center is also one of its most eco-friendly: the 58-story design by Robert A.M. Stern...Read More

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