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Boston, founded in 1630, is one of the country's oldest cities. Often called the cradle of American history, it boasts a large number of historic landmarks and monuments. The 20th century added a series of skyscrapers to the skyline of church spires.
This cosmopolitan city has a relaxed atmosphere. The historic districts such as the charming Beacon Hill and the trendy Back Bay would fit nicely in any European city.
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Downtown Boston's oldest building was home to one of the city's most famous patriots, Paul Revere. The wooden house was originally built in 1680 by Robert Howard.
The Custom House was built in 1847 as a Greek temple near the waterfront. The building became Boston's first skyscraper in 1913, when a tower was added on top of the neoclassical temple.
The chaotic looking building opened in 2004 at MIT's campus in Cambridge, causing much controversy due to its unconventional design. The structure still polarizes architecture critics.
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