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Summer 2012 North American Bridge Championships


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The City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast and the fifth largest city in America. William Penn, an English Quaker, founded Philadelphia in 1682 on land purchased from the King of England.

You are in for a historic NABC! Bridge play will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our host hotels are the Philadelphia Marriott and Lowes. Please click here for locations and reservation information.

Because of its prime location along the East coast, Philadelphia quickly became the cultural center of the New World. With a rich history, “The City of Firsts” is considered the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution. Before Washington, D.C., Philadelphia was the nation's capital from 1791 to 1800. Today it is a major metropolitan business, cultural and tourist attraction.

Philadelphia is best known for its rich American history and its monuments of freedom and liberty. Independence National Historical Mall is the most historic mile in United States. It holds two of the country’s most treasured symbols of freedom, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

The most popular tourist attraction and the symbol most identified with Philadelphia is the Liberty Bell. A new Liberty Bell Center features several exhibits on freedoms including slavery, women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement. Independence Hall, also known as the birthplace of our nation, is the place where discussions of freedom and liberty began. It is where Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 and the Constitution of the United States was written in 1787. Tours are given every day and printed guides are available in eight different languages.

The Betsy Ross House, built in 1740 and named after the woman who made the first American flag, is the second most popular tourist attraction in Philadelphia. Her house is open seven days a week and offers a great view of the revolutionary war period. The National Constitution Center, located on Independence Mall, has more than 100 interactive, multi-media exhibits and artifacts about the U.S. Constitution, one of America’s most treasured documents.

On the Mall, you will also find The Lights of Liberty, an impressive sound and light show guiding you through the events of the American Revolution and making you feel as if you are there witnessing the events as they unfold. The U.S. Mint, also located on the Mall, produces between 11 to 20 million coins annually and holds the nation’s $100 billion worth of gold and silver assets. The Mint offers tours by appointment, which must be scheduled two weeks or more in advance.

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