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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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This is one of Boston's most historic buildings. On July 18, 1776, the citizens of Boston first heard the words of the Declaration of Independence here, read from atop the balcony of the Old State House.
Back Bay, developed in the 19th century, is a district in French style. Most of its brownstone houses, built for the richer Bostonians, have survived the demolition frenzy of the 1960s & 1970s.
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.
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