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“Great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center
6th Street, Between Market and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 965 2305
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Ranked #35 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Though it can no longer be rung, the bell remains a lasting American symbol of freedom.
Lagos, Faro, Portugal
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“Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The Liberty Bell is a huge bronze bell that symbolizes freedom in the United States of America. The bell was originally cast in 1752 in London, England. It was commissioned as a bell for the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall).

The Crack: The bell first cracked during a test ringing. After cracking, the bell was recast twice in 1753 in Philadelphia by John Pass and John Stow (the old bell was broken up and melted down, more copper was added to the metal alloy to make it less brittle, and the bell was re-cast).

The restored bell was probably rung at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (on July 8, 1776). It rang to announce many important events in early American history, including Presidential elections and deaths.

The bell cracked again on July 8, 1835, while being rung at the funeral of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Visited December 2011
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“A must-see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

To see the Liberty Bell with your own eyes is an emotional experience when you start to think what it stands for and the liberty we have in this country, and all of the lives that have been lost to preserve the freedom we have.
If there's any downside to this visit at all, it's having the slavery story pounded into your head over and over again. We had slavery. We do not have slavery anymore. All right already. Some elements of "reverse racism" we have today linger because of constant reminding of past errors of ways.

Visited November 2012
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“Liberty Bell Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Well worth the visit. October is a great time to travel and experience Philadelphia. Ben Franklins resting place, The old carosel, the food, made our road trip more enjoyable.

Visited October 2012
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“You are the only one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Many big cities now boast oversized Liberty Bells but Phillie's is the only one and something every citizen can be proud of - it's part of our history and visitors will surely come see it. Lovely display, i's free and parking is conveniently underground. Alltogether rounding out Philadelphia's history and pride and joy

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting, but...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

it's a bell....most of what was in this center could/should easily have been on the Independence Mall visitors center, which should all be connected with Independence Hall.

Visited August 2012
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