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“so simple!”

Benjamin Franklin's Grave
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

coming from Washington DC after a 2 day trip to see all the monuments it was weird to see that such an important figure in the US history has such a simple grave. I guess it is also part of the family request but still, so close to the Constitution plaza and other important attractions around it's almost as someone tried to quite it down.

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Close from the street, Benjamin Franklin and his wife's marble slab and pitch pennies onto it. I opted to pay the $2.00 admission and walk through the cemetery. Important figures in Philadelphia are there also, Philadelphia's wartime firsts, physician in psychiatry and many others. They do have group tours and some times have to catch the cemetery when it is open.
If you are just looking to pass by, it is very convenient to take photos from the street of Ben and wife.

2  Thank Lulu S
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Very solemn to stand where Ben Franklin is buried, beautiful cemetery and church. I was here past admission hours but you can see the grave from the street and still be close enough. Go here for sure.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We did not go into the graveyard as we had other sites and sights to see, but we threw pennies onto the grave in honor of my most revered, beloved historian, Ben Franklin. He and his wife are buried here and the grave is a simple, marble slab which you can see fairly close from the street. What a marvelous, great man. Wish we had the time to peruse the famous Christ Church cemetery. Well, next visit we will definitely visit the cemetery itself and of course, its most distinguished, accomplished resident.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Being able to visit the grave of such a great thinker, inventor, patriot, etc. is worth the minimal price of admission to the cemetery. Somehow, being there makes you think more about the man and his many accomplishments/contributions.
So, why not an "Excellent"? Realizing that the grave is not a monument in the sense of (e.g.) the Washington Monument, and a headstone is the choice of the family, this just seems to be less than Franklin deserves. As for the responsibility of the cemetery, they know the importance of the grave, and they must have noticed that it is flat and close to the ground. We watched one person standing on the grave to get a better photograph. Apparently nobody ever taught her the meaning of "desecration". Judging by how worn the surface of the headstone is, thousands of visitors have been equally ignorant. Would a protective border fence be too much to ask? Even a little foot-high fence would make some people think twice. Franklin deserves it.

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