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The City of Boston

Boston is the capital and largest city of Massachusetts. It was established in 1630 by John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Company. No city in the United States is as blessed as Boston when it comes to historical sites. All of the sites that I will describe to you are a part of the Freedom Trail. Anyone interested in traveling to Boston for the first time should check out the Freedom Trail.

One of the most important historical sites in Boston is the Paul Revere House on 19 North Square. Being built in 1680, it is Boston's oldest house. Over the years it has been restored, but still resembles its quaint seventeenth century appearance. Some of the original pieces are the two doors, the foundation, three of the window frames, and the raftering.

Another sacred site in Boston is the Bunker Hill Monument, built to honor the Battle of Bunker Hill, on July 17, 1775. In 1842, this monument was opened to the public. The monument consists of a 295 step spiral stone staircase which provides a fantastic view of Boston and the Charles River. What is really unique about it is that it has no elevators or resting spots.

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Third, the John F. Kennedy Library is one of Boston's most dramatic architectural buildings. It comprises of a 135,000 square foot library, a precast concrete tower building, a glass-enclosed pavilion, and two 230-seat orientation theaters. This building was constructed to celebrate the thirty-fifth President of the United States.

Fourth on my list is the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which is made up of four buildings. These four buildings are known as Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market. The marketplace was built in 1742 and given to the city of Boston by Peter Faneuil, a French Huguenot merchant. Many tourists go to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to shop, dine, walk, and sightsee.

The Museum of Fine Arts is Boston's biggest and oldest art institution. It attracts over one million visitors annually. It was established in 1870 and boasts a world-class collection of artifacts. It houses big names such as Van Gogh, George Catlin, Monet, and Da Vinci. In addition to having art collections, the gallery has several restaurants, summertime concerts, and gift shops.

Finally, there is the USS Constiution in Charlestown

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