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Freedom Trail, the trail of Boston History

31 maggio 2017

The Freedom Trail  is a free route that runs through Boston and leads to the discovery of 16 sites scenery of the city’s history. The entire trail is about 2.5 miles (about 5 kilometers) and is marked with a string of double-row red bricks that lead the visitor along an autonomous and completely free tour that retraces the battles for the affirmation of ‘ American independence and the city of Boston.

The start of the Freedom Trail is next to the big city park, Boston Common Park, at the  Visitor Center  and ends at the foot of the magnificent obelisk Bunker Hill Monument  that reminds one of the bloodiest battles of America. Along the way you can choose what to visit and where to stop to take pictures, to each site and / or construction that plays an important role in the history of the city will find a brass manhole who points it out.

Among the many places you will encounter a short stop to definitely require the Massachusetts state House , which is the beautiful capitol from dorata.Si dome is one of the oldest buildings in the city (1798), still senators and government officials will gather for the ‘daily political activities of the Commonwealth. (Admission is free, as are guided tours of 40 minutes that will escort you in the main corridors of power in Massachusetts. Hours: 9:00 to 17:00).

Continuing, you can visit the  Park Street Church ; church with its characteristic bell tower of over 66 meters that was used as underground storage for gunpowder during the War of 1812 and the old cemetery, the  Granary Burying Ground. Here lie Sam Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, James Otis, the family of Benjamin Franklin and the victims of the Boston Massacre.

The Freedom Trail will then take you to the discovery of the site where once stood the first American public schools frequented by the great Benjamin Franklin , the Boston Latin School. A perimeter marks the spot where it stood this ancient institution.

Important is the ‘  Old South Meeting House : here December 16, 1773, 5000 rebellious settlers gave birth to the Boston Tea Party , the act of revolt against the British government that led them to dress up as Indians and thrown into the sea about 45 tons of tea. The Old State House was the center of many key events in the history of the American Revolution, but the most important was certainly the public reading from the balcony in 1776 the Declaration of Independence.

The Freedom Trail takes you to the seafront where you will find the docked  USS Constitution & Museum . Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest ship of the US Navy, permanently docked at the port of Charlestown. With three battles fought in 1812 has earned a reputation as indestructible ship by “steel sides” (Old Ironsides). The conclusion of this informative and historical walk is the  Bunker Hill Monument : a granite obelisk similar to the famous monument in Washington DC, which was erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill on 17 June 1775. Going up the 294 steps of the obelisk you to admire a splendid panorama of the entire city.

 

Departure : Visitor Information, Boston Common, Tremont St.
Arrival : Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square
How to get to the starting point : Take the red or green metro line and get off at Park Street.        Brochure 2016

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