Downtown Philadelphia (3)

We explored the area round Independence Hall, the centre of Benjamin Franklin’s city, close to the river and sacred space for American tourists.   I preferred the muscularity of the two neoclassical banks:  the First Bank of the United States, designed by Samuel Blodget jr., who also produced designs for the Capitol:-

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And the Second Bank, based on the Parthenon:-

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Then we walked through Society Hill, with its surviving row houses:-

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Lunch at the Fourth Street Delicatessen:-

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And back through what survives of the early nineteenth-century city, up Pine Street and Antique Row:-

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