Pioneer Square was for me the most interesting area in Seattle. It is the site of the original city - that was flooded repeatedly then raised up and rebuilt after the Great fire of 1889. Many of the current buildings street level entrances were originally on the second floor of the buildings. The pavements slope to allow good drainage and often one sees little leadlight glass squares. these let in light to the original two storeys of the old city, which are now underground. There is an excellent informative and entertaining tour of the Underground business district (Bill Speidel's Underground tour) during which one can look up through these leadlight squares. Pioneer Square has three self guided walking tours that take one past many historic buildings and attractions. The whole area has a completely different feel to the rest of Seattle and is quiet artistic. Allow at least half a day or two half days to see everything it has to offer.
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