The famous things that you can see in the city of Philadelphia are the Liberty bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia city hall, Independence hall and among others. I visited Philly quite a handful of times and these are the places that I usually check out over and over again. To tell you quite frankly I felt blasé on the third time. Don’t get me wrong here. The first time I got a glimpse of it, it was fascinating for me to see the “Old America” talking about the times during the American Revolution. You know, history makes me feel engrossed as well.
For the nth time I gave Philadelphia another chance since I had a 3-day weekend and the fact that it’s so close to NY, (and NJ. I was staying over in NJ then and it was unbelievably 1 and 1/2 hour drive only) so why not make the road trip.
The boyfriend and I stayed there for a night so I googled some places worth visiting other than the usual ones. According to Trip Advisor, Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the top things to do in Philly. The next morning, we decided to head over there and boy, we were stunned!
ESP is used to be a former prison during the 19th century and considered as the world’s first true penitentiary. It also served as a dungeon to a former “public enemy no. 1” Al Capone.
The cells were sky-lit, representing the “Eye of God”, implying that God is spying on them.
The prison is now turned into a museum where you can schedule a tour if you want or just discover it by yourself since they have an audio tour that you can bring along with you. Entrance for adults is $14.
It’s the eeriest place that I’ve been to; it’s worth the visit, though. Every corner gave me a skin similar that of a plucked goose. lol!
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