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“Incredible Architecture” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple
1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520
215-988-1917
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Ranked #36 of 556 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: "The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania" is an example of elegant architecture. Inside, the lodge is adorned with lovely artwork.
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“Incredible Architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Truly an architectural wonder. The tours are relatively sparse, but worth the time to find out when they are held. You do NOT have to be a Freemason to enter and tour. The main meeting rooms (Halls) are each devoted to a era of architecture: Gothic, Corinthian, Norman. The most striking is the Egyptian Hall, so authentic and true to the original temples in Egypt that it is often studied by Archaeology students to learn architecture and hieroglyphics. There is also a museum which contains memorabilia from our founding fathers, including an original apron worn by George Washington. The temple itself is built in the style of old European cathedrals and the sweeping marble staircases upon entry give a taste of ancient grand society. If history or architecture is your thing, this is a must see.

Visited June 2013
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“Lovely Exterior Awesome Interior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Take a tour of this Masonic Temple wand fall in love with the various rooms inside. The Egyptian room is spectacular. Find out when tours are available. I think they are on Saturdays.

Visited May 2013
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“Located at 1 N Broad St, directly across from City Hall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Its an architectual wonder. Masons remain master builders and the building shows it both inside and out. There is historical treasure also on display , and considering that every American president was a mason up until JFK its worth the visit..
its free, however need to check on times available for tours

Visited July 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Great Architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

My wife and I have walked by this building for three years and decided to stop in. It's a beautiful old building from the outside, even more breathtaking on the inside. The cost to get in, $10/person, seems very reasonable for what you get. You have to take the tours to see the insides, and the tour takes you into 7-8 rooms with a very informed, knowledgeable guide. You get to see all the rooms in the building except for storage rooms and kitchen/dining room. Each room is decorated in its own distinct style. My favorite room was the Egyptian themed room. The hallways and stairwells are loaded with statues and pictures so there is always something to look at. It is a fairly casual, easily walkable tour, although there are some stairs to get up and down.

Before you go, check to see the time of the tours as I believe they stop early in the day.

Visited July 2013
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“Magnificent architecture that speaks grandeur”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The ornate Norman architecture is simply breathtaking.The admission fee is quite nominal. Each room, corridor and the grand staircase and every corner has lots to say. I loved Oriental hall the most. There is a beautiful marble wall clock that caught everyone's attention. Portraits of the past grandmasters on the walls all the way up the staircase, the lodge rooms, the painted glass above the staircase and the everything about the temple is grand and I highly recommend this.

Visited July 2013
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