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“A beautiful building with great views”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of City Hall

City Hall
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Ranked #21 of 435 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located at the exact geographical center of Philadelphia, City Hall is perhaps the nation’s largest and most elaborate seat of municipal government, topped by the famous statue of William Penn. Located in the building's East Portal in Room 121, the City Hall Visitor Center provides the opportunity for visitors to experience this architectural treasure. Tickets for interior and tower tours are available here, as well as tickets to other city attractions, and visitor essentials including maps, brochures, souvenirs and trip itineraries.
Lakeville, Minnesota
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“A beautiful building with great views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a beautiful building. Granted a big government waste of tax payer dollars when it was built, which is pretty openly admitted. It is the largest municipal building in the country. It is a beautiful building from every angle. The clock tower was to be the tallest building in the country, but it took so long to build that the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building were finished in the meantime. The views from the tower are wonderful. A great view of Ben Franklin Boulevard all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A tower trip is very cheap. Tours and tower trips are only open on weekdays. Well worth the time and money.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Ancient and Just OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

This building was never well maintained. OK to walk through but I never was a person who appreciated neglected spaces.

Visited January 2013
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“An imposing building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Once the tallest building in Philadelphia and one of the largest City Halls in the country, this building, built at the beginning of the 20th century serves as a major Philadelphia landmark. It can be viewed from many vistas. The exterior is very ornate.

Unfortunately, the floor plan is confusing; it took us forever to find the visitor center that provides access to the viewing area out over the city

Visited April 2013
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Philly
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“All SEPTA leads to City Hall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Just like not every road leds to Rome, not every SEPTA transit leads to City Hall, but it is easy to get there. You can walk under it, through it and around it. There is outdoor statues on a bunch of different levels. The biggest and best statue is William Penn. He sits on top of the highest tower. He faces north east.

Visited April 2013
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Pasadena, California
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“Love it, hate it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Yes, it's embedded in the heart of the city (so much so that there's a subway stop underneath). Yes, like it feels somewhat like an inferiority complex "masonified". And yes, Quaker William Penn must be rolling in his grave to see such a vain statue of himself. But, the view at the top is impressive and inexpensive (albeit hard to find and not wheelchair friendly). It was the tallest building (not standalone tower) for decades. The statue is the largest atop a building. And the odd melange of Second Empire French facade just grabs the eye, good or bad... Oh, and from some angles, William looks... Like a happy Willy.

Visited April 2013
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