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Explore two of Philadelphia's most exciting hidden wonders on this adventure: the ornate French Empire City Hall and the spectacular architectural wonder that is the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania's Masonic Temple.
We'll start with Philadelphia's City Hall, the largest in the United States, and one of the world's tallest masonry building (taller than the Egyptian pyramids). Designed in the Second Empire style, it was constructed over a period of 30 years from 1871 - 1901 at a then-cost of $24 million. With nearly 700 rooms, this spectacular tour will highlight special rooms, sculptures and a style of architecture unmatched in Philadelphia.
Next, we will tour the grand Masonic Temple, a National Historic Landmark. From the outside, its Norman cathedral-like exterior rises wondrously across the street from City Hall, but its interior architecture is amazing and varied. Oriental Hall (one of seven unique architecture halls), for instance, replicates part of the Alhambra, with its Moorish grille-like features. Gothic Hall has royal high-backed 19th Century hand-carved oak chairs and is a grand homage to the European Knights Templar. Come explore the mystic and majesty of the oldest continuously existing fraternal organization in the world.
Two magnificent hidden wonders you would have never thought to visit!