text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Independence Square

Indepence Hall Historical statue
Birthplace of a nation

Here we are on Independence Square. There are three buildings connected by arcades: in the center is Independence Hall flanked on the left by Old City Hall and on the right by Congress Hall. The Second Continental Congress met here, Independence was declared here, the Constitution was ratified here, and the Liberty Bell rang out from here. From 1790 to 1800, the United States Supreme Court, the Congress, the House of Representatives, and the President governed from these buildings.

Independence Hall Area