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Philadelphia by Night
Philadelphia by Night © Charles Homler

Historic Philadelphia is the fifth largest metropolis in the United States. It enjoys a warm and friendly reputation, reflected in its nickname 'The City of Brotherly Love'. It's regarded as a happy home for millions of people as well as one of the world's most dynamic travel destinations.

Situated inland from the Atlantic coastline, it sits on a protrusion of land at the merging of the mighty Delaware River and the Schuylkill River. The land was granted to state founder William Penn back in 1682.

Penn's vision was to establish a town reminiscent of rural England. Because of its location controlling the Delaware Valley and its good freshwater port facilities, it soon outgrew its original boundaries and by the 18th century was the second largest English-speaking city in the world.

Today, Philadelphia draws tourists mainly for its wealth of history. Independence National Historical Park is regarded as the most significant historic square mile in America, where the United States of America was conceived, declared, and ratified.


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