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As the most important city in colonial America, Philadelphia has a rich history. The declaration of Independence was signed in the city's state house, now the Independence Hall. Other significant events like the signing of the US Constitution and the creation of a national flag also took place in Philadelphia.
Many buildings from this revolutionary period can be visited; most of them are clustered in the Independence National Historical Park.
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Now a residential building, this magnificent Art Deco skyscraper was built in 1929 as the Drake Hotel. Its brick facade is decorated with terra cotta reliefs depicting nautical scenes.
This group of neo-classical buildings housed the first American municipal water treatment system, built to supply Philadelphia with clean drinking water.
Completed in 1797, this classical building housed the first Federal bank of the United States. The building was later used as a private bank before finally being converted into a museum.
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