Philly, An Overview: The cradle of US democracy and the legendary cheesesteak

The city of Philadelphia has a central role in shaping our nation. Every American knows the part where the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia to sign the declaration of independence in 1776 and then the constitution in 1787. But its role isn’t limited to being the birthplace of the American Constitution. In fact, even the way the city was founded reflects the true spirit of America.

William Penn map of Philadelphia
Thomas Holme’s “Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia”, published in 1683. This is where Penn’s first advertised layout of Philadelphia appeared. A copy rests at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

The original story

The city of Philadelphia was first founded by William Penn who was a Quaker and was fleeing religious persecution. So, the main idea behind founding the city was that it would be a safe haven of tolerance for people from all religious and cultural backgrounds. This is also reflected in the name Philadelphia which is a combination of ancient Greek words to mean brotherly love. Through the ages, the City of Brotherly Love has been a safe space for immigrants and people of color.

Iconic places in Philadelphia

A city of numerous firsts, Philadelphia is the city where America’s first hospital, theater, daily newspaper, computer and zoo, etc. were built. The city is full of places with historical relevance. A walk through the city will introduce you to some iconic locations including the house of Betsy Ross who was the apocryphal creator of the American Flag. Here are some of the most iconic locations and aspects of Philadelphia.

Milkboy Café

A bar, restaurant and a place of entertainment, this establishment is open at seven in the morning (for a third-shift happy hour) to the wee hours of the night. Enjoy a delicious meal, some quality entertainment or play Blackjack games online at this café.

Magic Gardens

The birthplace of South Street Renaissance, the Magic Gardens of Philadelphia was a haven for artists. First created as a way to revitalise the South Street Neighbourhood, today visitors are captivated by the energy and the beauty the Magic gardens of Philadelphia. With beautiful mosaics made out of objects and outdoor sculpture labyrinths, this place should be top on your list of places to visit in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall

If there is one thing Philadelphia is known for, it is it being the meeting place of the Founding Fathers to sign on two iconic documents, the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. If you are interested in the exact location, you have to visit Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. A visit to the place will be a way to relieve the spirit of freedom and the famous American spirit. Along with seeing the hall, you will so be able to visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the Liberty Bell that is a symbol of the independence of women and abolishment of slavery in America.

The Philly Cheesesteak

One of the most iconic foods of Philadelphia, you must have is an authentic Philly Cheesesteak when you visit the city. Just like everything else in the city, this iconic dish too has a colourful history. Invented by a hot dog vendor at the request of a taxi driver, the Philly Cheesesteak is innovative and extremely tasty, made from long roll bread, sautéed rib-eye steak, melted cheese and filled with a number of decadent toppings including hot/sweet peppers, mustard, ketchup, onions, etc.


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