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Old City Hall

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Address: Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215 597 8974
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Must see while you're in for the DNC

All of the details are breath-taking and stunning. If you are in for the DNC, explore the court yard area, which has a beautiful painting of astrological signs and a compass... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All of the details are breath-taking and stunning. If you are in for the DNC, explore the court yard area, which has a beautiful painting of astrological signs and a compass. There is also shaded seating, so you can bring your lunch from the Reading Terminal or from one of the couple cafes in the area and enjoy the sunshine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If history is or thing OR not the Hall is a great stop. The ranger we had was over the top with background and history (most of which was accurate). A great stop for all Americans.

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The newer one is also old, and huge, and some blocks away. This is even older, and is where our Supreme Court once met, for about nine years, long ago. You can walk in and see that chamber for free and it's worth a look. Guides there can tell you more about it.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Not to be confused with the majestic structure at Broad and Market, Old City Hall has a well preserved courthouse from the time. It is located next to Independence Hall, although it is not part of the tour.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

An historic building next to Independence Hall. Stop in after your visit. I did not go to the tower and I am disappointed. Apparently there is a great view. There are tours that take to you to the top throughout the day. Even without the tower, it was awesome to stand in the same building that houses the first Supreme... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

When I first walked by City Hall, I could not believe such majestic architecture existed in the USA. I am no expert, but even I knew the architecture was from a different era and rare. I decided to explore further and took the exterior and interior tour with a visit to the top of the tower. I learned much about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly, organized and cleaned! The smartest option to stay near the old center. The best place to stay in Philadelphia!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Beautiful old building. The view from the top is awesome. They conduct tower tours several times a day, weather permitting.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We made sure to visit Old City Hall as part of our visit to the larger national park. As a law prof it was fun to see the where the early Supreme Court sat. The building itself is classic early American architecture. Be sure to pop in on your visit!

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

After Congress hall this was our next stop on the "Constitutional walking tour of Philadelphia" . Only the downstairs was open during our visit to see the space used by the original US Supreme court as well as more local court proceedings.

Thank raybyerley

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