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Culture of Boston. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

View from Prudential Tower, Boston Boston Community is one of those sights that simply cannot be ignored. This name refers to the old quarter of the city; that place has also got the name "Little Italy" for its attractive and unusual architecture. Walking along the streets of this quarter will bring in many nice memories. The majority of the buildings here are small wooden houses built in the old English style. The houses are mixed with beautiful parks and shady paths. You will also find some very interesting shops and cafes here. Boston community is truly a perfect place for calm and secluded rest.
Massachusetts State House, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Park Street Church, Custom House, Bunker Hill Monument, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Boston … Open
The Parliament building, which was built in the middle of the 18th century, is one of the most striking architectural places of interest of the whole city. Here tourists have an opportunity to inspect the inner decoration of halls and corridors and participate in excursions that are held here every day. The buildings of old universities are also among most remarkable houses of the city. Many of them were built more than a hundred years ago. Do not forget to walk on the "Freedom Trail" as this is the best way to observe the city and learn something new about its history. One of the entrances of the trail is located in Boston Community. This beautiful road made of red bricks passes through the most remarkable places of the city. The length of the road estimates 4.5 km.
Art lovers and people who enjoy walking on beautiful places will be surely interested to visit the district named Beacon Hill. Several centuries ago here lived famous politicians, artists and writers. Currently City Park is the main attraction of this district. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in America. Your visit to National Historic Park will be no less interesting as more than 15 historical monuments and a museum are located on its territory. The halls of the museum exhibit a rich collection of historical artifacts, documents and books. Fans of modern art will surely enjoy exhibitions that are regularly organized in Arden Gallery. The gallery stores a collection of works by Paul Ballmer, Tom Paiement, Joan Matter and Paul Bellevue. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Every year the capital of Massachusetts attracts thousands of tourists. And there’s nothing surprising in this - Boston was the cradle of the American Revolution. This is the place, … Open
Boston is a truly historic city, at least due to the fact that it is the birth place of many famous personalities. In addition, important events in US history occurred right here. At the same time, it is one of the most modern cities. One place worthy of interest is the John Hancock Tower. It is an impressive building, especially when seen from a bird’s eye view. For those who are fond of the history of the medical field, nothing will beat paying a visit to the Ether Dome at Mass General Hospital, where surgical experiments with anesthesia were conducted.
Boston - The First Church of Christ. Scientist The Mapparium is a great place to fulfill the needs for aesthetic pleasure. For lovers of mystery and mysticism, there is not a more fitting place to be other than in this hometown of Edgar Allan Poe. You can learn a lot of new and interesting information, as well as very interesting acoustic effects. Another historical place is John Adams Courthouse. History lovers must navigate around the modern Center Plaza building to unravel this hidden treasure. Among other museums is the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, which is rightly considered to be the best museum in Boston. This is primarily due to its architecture (as the building combines the traditions of Romanesque and Gothic styles).
Neither adults, nor children will get bored in Boston as the city has many interesting places to visit. Kids, who already attend school, will enjoy a visit to the Museum of Science. The … Open
Walking around Faneuil Hall Marketplace is definitely one of the best pastimes in Boston, a city which gave life to Benjamin Franklin. Besides the fact that it is beautiful here and the place is impressive with its views, the market square has an important historical significance in the history of the United States – it was here that independence from Great Britain was proclaimed. By the way, stay close, as we are only still at the beginning of the Freedom Trail. As leisure, it would be wonderful to spend time watching the beautiful bay on Long Wharf. A quiet calm harbor – it may turn out to be just what you need to enjoy life.
Boston Public Gardens Panorama In Boston, there are some interesting sculptures, among them – monuments to Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, George Washington, and a memorial to the victims of the war in Korea, and also Bunker Hill. The Exposition Make Way for Ducklings Statues, as well as the Tortoise and Hare statue also looks great. It is worth looking out for them in the city. Also in the hometown of Edgar Allan Poe there are some beautiful cathedrals, definitely worthy of a visit. They are simply amazing to look at. Among them is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, famous for its stained glass windows. There is likewise the Old North Church, one of the oldest churches in the city, and also the majestic Old South Church, for whose sake alone a lot of people are known to visit Boston. It is said that you can experience an incomparable peace here.
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The First Church of Christ, Boston

» The First Church of Christ was built in 1894. It is not just a single building but a complex. Here, the teaching of God and norms of behavior are preached.
»  The initiator of the construction of Boston Church was Mary Baker Eddy. She was cured of the disease after she had turned to God with daily prayers.
»  The first congregation was established in 1879. Today, there are 2 000 branches in many countries.
»  At the Christian Science Church, there are a library, a swimming pool, and a children’s fountain.
»  The walls are faced with granite stone. The building accommodates about 900 parishioners.
»  The interior is characterized by mosaic frescoes and stained glass windows. The floor is covered is tiled with Italian marble. Seats for worshipers are made of red Canadian birch. There is also an organ (1952). This keyboard and wind musical instrument is the biggest in the world, as it contains 13 389 pipes.
»  The modern Christian Science Church Center (1960) has a total area of 57 m2.
»  The Boston Church is called “The First” in accordance with the bylaws, by which congregations have got their sequence number since the foundation.

Massachusetts State House, Boston

» The Capitol is a huge building constructed in 1798. The city authorities meet here.
»  The land plot was provided by the first governor of the state. The building that has a total area of 27 000 m2 was built here.
»  Originally, the dome of the Capitol was made of wood and then it was covered with gold leaf. Its top is decorated with a cone. It symbolizes the significance of the lumber industry developed in the city in the colonial era.
»  The house was built of red brick. You need to go through the portico to enter it. It is upheld by white columns. The ceiling of the second floor depicts historical scenes. The main staircase leads to the inner rooms of the Doric Hall.
»  The massive door is open on festive occasions, for example, when the President visits the palace or on the last day of the governor’s rule. Traditionally, the political figure walks along the hall alone, so the tradition is called “Lonely Walk”.
»  The Massachusetts State House keeps a secret. In 1795, the box with “messages”, the time capsule, was left in one of the corner rocks. The metal box that weighs 5 kilos was opened in 2015. There were printed papers and coins.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

» The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) opened its doors to the first visitors in 1876.
»  Its main exposure was the collection of the City Art Gallery. The museum fund contains a million exhibits.
»  There are various exhibits: picturesque canvasses, antique pieces of furniture, jewels, household items, outfits of different epochs, numismatics, ceramic, glass, silver, and porcelain items. Here, you can also see exhibits used in funeral ceremonies.
»  All the presented items demonstrate the development of the global culture of different countries and continents. Modern arts are not forgotten too. Here, you can also see everything related to the fashion industry: pictures, etchings, sketches, textiles, jewels, and musical instruments.
»  The representatives of the gentle sex will be attracted by the exhibition dedicated to European and Asian fashion of the last century (works of Chanel, Gagliano, and Dior).
»  There are more paintings of artist Mille, than in France.
»  The complex consists of the main building and several outbuildings. Their walls are faced with granite produced in local quarries.
»  The collection is replenished at the expense of businessmen and scientists.

Church of the Covenant, Boston

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Latin word “convenire” means “to agree”. This was the name of the cult religious group of Protestants from Scotland. In 1586, they teamed up to protect their belief from attacks.
»  Congregational community of the city still exists as an autonomous church. The Church of the Covenant, or Central Church, is one of the historical places in America and an architectural monument of the last century.
»  The Church of the Covenant is a Gothic building. It was designed by a famous architect in 1867.
»  According to his plan, the house should be seen from any place of the district due to its height. The building is 73 m high.
»  It was constructed at the expense of rich industrialists.
»  The church has a bell tower. There is an elegant spire on it.
»  The windows for the church were made by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co. Stained glass windows depict religious and philosophical scenes, which matches the building. As the texture of these paintings is complex, the windows do not give much light. However, the paintings look more voluminous and look like picturesque canvasses.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

» The Irish-American architect Patrick Kelly designed the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
»  The construction lasted 9 years.
»  Originally, the Catholic Church was aimed at introducing as many parishioners, as possible to Catholicism. So, it was necessary to build the big house of worship. Catholic rites in all their glory and festive worships with chants and organ music were held here.
»  In December 1875, the construction was blessed by the first city archbishop.
»  The main material used during the construction of the New Gothic cathedral was special stone and gray limestone. It is 111 m long, 27 m wide, and 37 m high. It accommodates almost 2 000 people.
»  When Pope John Paul II visited America for the first time, he held a long worship service exactly here. The prayer in honor of those who died during the Boston Marathon terrorist attack in 2013 was held here too.
»  At the church, there are a high school and a college. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the most impressive religious institution in New England.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Boston

Freedom Trail
Museum of Fine Art
Where: 465 Huntington Avenue, Fenway, Boston; Telephone: +1 617.267.9300; Metro: Museum of Fine Arts;
Public Gardens
Museum of Science
Where: Science Park, Boston; Telephone: +1 617.723.2500; Metro: Science Park;
JFK Library
Where: Columbia Point, South Boston, Boston; Telephone: +1 617.514.1600; Metro: JFK/Umass;
Duck Tour
Where: Tours leave from either the Museum of Science or the Prudential Center, Boston; Telephone: +1 617.267.3825;
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Reference information
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Boston and around
♥   Art museum 'Boston' Boston, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Institute of Contemporary Art' Boston, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'List Visual Arts Center' Cambridge, 2.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Boston Museum of Fine Arts' Boston, 3.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum' Boston, 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Boston
♥   Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine, East Boston, 5.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Annunciation Cathedral, Roslindale, 9.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro, 50.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Providence, 66.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Fall River, 73.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of St. Joseph, Manchester, 77.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Boston. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Boston: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Boston. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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