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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution

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Address: Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Though amidst a number of other historical sites, the tomb is one of a...

Though amidst a number of other historical sites, the tomb is one of a kind. It's the only memorial to the unknown heroes of the American Revolution.

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I was up early and decided to walk around while I waited for the attractions at Independence Hall to open. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this little gem of a park and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Hagerstown, Maryland

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I was up early and decided to walk around while I waited for the attractions at Independence Hall to open. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this little gem of a park and this wonderful monument! It doesn't take long to visit...but it's well worth the few minutes and the extra block of walking!

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is a quiet park to reflect on the sacrifice of soldiers for the American Revolutionary War. There is not much else in the park besides the monuments so it might not be appreciated by young children or teens. The location is a short walk from the Founders Hall and is clearly marked on the map available from the Independence... More 

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Thank Gerald H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

When you stand in Washington Square and take in all the sights of Old City, it's hard to imagine all the pain and suffering that made this nation possible. This place allows you to reflect on that.

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Thank MrSaturn64
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Stumbled upon this quite innocuously, it is quite grand with flags flanking either side and large in its own right. It might have been because the Pope was due to visit (and so Philly was quite quiet) but I had the feeling if this was in NYC there would be much more fanfare and interest that it deserves!

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Thank stonerose5
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The history here is wonderful. After all, this is Philly! This is a nice memorial to the memory of the unknown soldier. I like the eternal flame here, we all know what that means. I do wish the city kept this in better repair, with new flags.

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Thank 1AnnieEliza
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

One of the 5 original park squares in Philly. Still a restful place to stroll or sit. The memorial to the fallen and the central fountain provide a focus for reflection. It's very close to Independence Mall.

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Thank RhinoLondon_England
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The memorial is set in Washington Square Park, one of William Penn's original plan for the City and a block from Independence Hall and the entire colonial historic area as well as the "Dream Garden". The Square generally has more locals than tourists with an attractive fountain in the center. It is surrounded by a variety of architecturally very interesting... More 

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Vineland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Visitors or residents must visit Washington Square, just a short walk from Independence Hall. It is hallowed ground. Below its surface lies the bodies of soldiers who died for our independence. And at the far end is a monument dedicated to those unknown soldiers. There are no military personnel guarding the graves or the monument, There are simply benches and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This tasteful memorial with an eternal flame should really be named the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers...' since the park served as an impromptu cemetery for Revolutionary War dead. The tomb lies on the west side of Washington Square, Philadelphia's quietest and prettiest (in my opinion) of the original five square parks laid out in the city plan commissioned by... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

It is for places like these that we should all be thankful for the freedoms we have today. We obviously don't agree on everything but at least we can voice those opinions. I found this memorial and the quote refreshing in this large historical city. "Beneath this stone rests a soldier of Washington's army who died to give you liberty."

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