|The north side of Independence Hall. The hall is a red brick building designed|
in the Georgian Style and built between 1732 and 1743. It housed the government
of Pennsylvania until 1799.
Then its a short trip up the tower stairwell to the Long Gallery. The tour ends here and visitors are free to roam the remainder of the complex which includes Great Essentials, which is self guided, in the West Wing and Congress Hall, where a brief introduction by a guide is made and then guests are free to explore both levels. Great Essentials have surviving documents including the Declaration of Independence on display. Congress Hall houses the meeting place for the Senate and House of Representatives. A visit to Great Essentials and Congress Hall are covered in separate posts.
Visiting the entire Independence Hall complex can be completed in just about an hour. Though the Independence Tower was under restoration work, it did not detract from the awe of seeing this American historical attraction.
|The north side of Independence Hall inside the security fence.|
|From the courtyard on the south side of the building one can see the|
buildings of Independence Hall in contrast to nearby structures.
|Though there are clocks on each side of the tower, another set of clocks|
hang on the east and west side of the second level of Independence Hall.
|The smaller wing at left houses Great Essentials where surviving historic|
documents are on view.
|The view of Independence Hall from Independence Mall. The highest|
point of the steeple reaches 168 feet.