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15+ Must-See Historic Attractions
in Philadelphia’s Historic District

The quintessential stops for those who love a rich story (steeped in history)

Whether you’re the ultimate history buff or purely a fan of rich storytelling, Philadelphia’s Historic District has you covered, with tons of attractions that are full of tales to tell and monumental interiors and exteriors to see.

We’ve narrowed down the not-to-be-missed spots that weigh heaviest on the history scale for being preeminent, fascinating and downright awesome.

From scoring an up-close view of America’s most famous bell at The Liberty Bell Center to taking a stroll through the oldest continuously inhabited – and possibly most charming – street in America (Elfreth’s Alley) to tossing good-luck pennies on the grave of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground, these are the essential stops for those with a hankering for some historical knowledge.

Explore the wealth of gems inside the Historic District (which runs from 7th Street to the Delaware River and from Lombard Street to Vine Street), below.

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Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground

Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

Constructed between 1727 and 1744, Christ Church hosted some prominent worshipers in its pews back in the day, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. The church's burial ground, located several blocks away, also holds a host of famous faces. Throw a penny onto Benjamin Franklin’s grave while you're there, said to generate good luck.
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