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Nickname(s): "Philly", "City of Brotherly Love", "The City
that Loves you Back", "Cradle of Liberty", "The Quaker City",
"The Birthplace of America", "The City of Neighborhoods" Motto:
"Philadelphia maneto" ("Let brotherly love endure"). Philadelphia
is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the
fifth-most-populous city in the US. Skyline: The tallest building
is currently the 57-story Comcast Center, which at 975 feet is
currently the 14th-tallest building in the US. It was topped out
on June 18, 2007. Another famous Philadelphia skyscraper is One
Liberty Place, the city's 2nd-tallest building and the
17th-tallest in the US, and was Philly's tallest for 20 years.
Philadelphia's history of tall buildings is generally thought to
begin with the 1754 addition of the steeple to Christ Church,
which was one of America's first high-rises.
Philadelphia City Center
Center City Philadelphia includes the central business
district and central neighborhoods of the City of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, United States. As of 2010, its residential
population of over 57,000 made it the third most populous
downtown in the United States, after New York City's and
Swann Memorial Fountain
The Swann Memorial Fountain (also known as the Fountain of the
Three Rivers) is a fountain sculpture located in the center of
Logan Circle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The
fountain, by Alexander Stirling Calder designed with architect
Wilson Eyre, memorializes Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the
Philadelphia Fountain Society. The Society had been planning a
memorial fountain in honor of its late president and founder.
After agreeing that the fountain would become city property, the
society was granted the site in the center of Logan Circle.
Geno's Philly Steaks
Geno's Steaks is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania restaurant
specializing in cheesesteaks, founded in 1966 by Joey Vento
(1939-2011). Geno's is located in South Philadelphia at the
intersection of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, directly across
the street from rival Pat's King of Steaks, which claims to have
invented the steak sandwich in 1933. The cheesesteak has since
become a signature dish for the city of Philadelphia.
The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia
Museum of Art have become known as the "Rocky Steps" as a result
of their appearance in the triple-Oscar-winning film Rocky and
four of its sequels, Rocky II, III, V and Rocky Balboa, in which
the character runs up the steps to the song "Gonna Fly Now".
Tourists often mimic Rocky's famous climb, a metaphor for an
underdog or an everyman rising to a challenge. A bronze statue
of Rocky was briefly situated at the top of the steps for the
filming of Rocky III. This statue, now located at the bottom
right of the steps, is a popular photo opportunity for visitors.
The top of the steps offers a commanding view of Eakins Oval, the
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Philadelphia City Hall.
Philaadelphia 30th Street Station
30th Street Station is the main railroad station in
Philadelphia. It is also a major stop on Amtrak's Northeast and
Keystone Corridors. The station is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. Its design was influenced by the
Northeast Corridor electrification that allowed trains to pass
beneath the station without exposing passengers to soot as steam
engines of earlier times had. The station opened in 1933, and had
a number of innovative features, including a pneumatic tube
system, an electronic intercom, and a reinforced roof with space
for small aircraft to land. The opening scenes of the 1985 motion
picture Witness were filmed inside the station. It is across from
the United States Post Office-Main Branch.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art
museums in the United States. It has collections of more
than 227,000 objects that include "world-class holdings of
European and American paintings, prints, drawings and decorative
arts." The Main Building is visited by more than 800,000 people
annually, and is located at the west end of Philadelphia's
Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Philadelphia Mint was created from the need to establish a
national identity and the needs of commerce in the United States.
This led the US Founding Fathers to make the establishment of a
continental national mint a main priority after the ratification
of the Constitution of the United States. The Coinage Act of 1792
became law on April 2. It proclaimed the creation of the United
States Mint. Philadelphia at that time was the nation's capital;
therefore the first mint facility was built there. The Mint Act
also instituted a decimal system based on a dollar unit;
specified weights, metallic composition and fineness; and
required each United States coin feature "an impression
emblematic of liberty".