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A guide to Philadelphia

A guide to Philadelphia

Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby clash between Newcastle Falcons and Saracens will be a marquee attraction in Philadelphia this weekend.

The league is on tour to the USA for the second time following Saracens’ victory London Irish in New York a couple of years ago.

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But it is not just rugby on the menu in the City of Brotherly Love this weekend – here we give our extensive guide to what else the city has to offer.

HISTORY

The largest city in the state of Pennsylvania and the sixth biggest in the United States of America if measured by population, Philadelphia has played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation.

As far back as the American revolution, this was the meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States who signed the Declaration of Independence there in 1776.

And any visit to the city should include a trip to take in the Liberty Bell.

Famous for the crack that runs up it, the ancient bell was rung to commemorate that famous day 240 years ago.

The Constitution was also signed there in 1787 and the city, a vital battle ground during the Revolutionary War, also served as the temporary capital while Washington DC was under construction.

Benjamin Franklin, ‘The First American’, and renowned polymath lived here.

In the 19th and 20th century, it became a hub for immigrants from Europe and Africa and by 1950 had surpassed two million occupants.

CULTURE

Many of America’s firsts are in Philadelphia – the first library, hospital, medical school, stock exchange and even zoo.

There are also a number of art museums, such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Rodin Musem which holds the largest collection of work by Auguste Rodin outside France.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest in the USA and its long flight of steps to the main entrance became famous after Sylvester Stallone’s iconic training montage there in the film Rocky.

Their most famous son Benjamin Franklin gives his name to their science museum, and a square which is now a fun family-friendly park.

The number one most visited attraction however is Reading Terminal Market, the city’s famous indoor food paradise that’s a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and delicious sandwiches to artisanal cheeses and desserts. There will be no better place to try a famous Philly Cheesesteak.

SPORTS

Philadelphia is one of 12 US cities to have sports team for all four major American sports.

The Phillies play in the National League of Major League Baseball and last won the pennant back in 2008.

The Eagles play in the NFC East of the National Football League and last reached the Superbowl back in 2004.

The Flyers are their NHL side and last hoisted the Stanley Cup back in 1975 while the 76ers in the NBA last won it all in 1983.

In 2004, ESPN ranked Philadelphia second on its list of The Fifteen Most Tortured Sports Cities.

But on Saturday the rugby clash between the Falcons and Saracens will be played at Talen Energy Stadium – home of the Philadelphia Union in the MLS.

 

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