Faneuil Hall

You can pick up Boston's famous Freedom trail north of the Downtown Crossing at a small scale classical brick building that somehow seems bigger than the Financial district giants that surround it. This is the Old State House, which is open to the public. Across Congress Street from the Old State House is the site of the "Boston Massacre," one of the events that heightened tension prior to the Revolutionary War. From there, why not visit historical Faneuil Hall? It was nicknamed the "Cradle of Liberty" for the rebellious town meetings preceding the Revolution. A gift to the city from the merchant Peter Faneuil in 1742, the hall was enlarged by the famed architect Charles Bullfinch in 1806. Today it still serves as a meeting place and also houses historical paintings, a military museum, and a number of small restaurants and shops. The 19th Century Quincy Market, now renamed Faneuil Hall Marketplace, commands the most attention. Quincy Market opened in 1826 as Boston's first food market. Closed in the 1950's, it was restored and reopened in 1975. It's restaurants, giftstores and gourmet shops were immediate hits among visitors and residents alike. So the second phase of the marketplace followed in 1977 with the opening of the South Market Building, the third phase with the opening North Market Building in 1978. In 1980 , the city unveiled larger than life statues of the popular Boston politician, James Michael Curley, whose life was the inspiration of the novel "The Last Hurrah." Beginning his career at the turn of the century, the controversial Mayor Curley served four terms as mayor of Boston and one term as governor of Massachusetts. Mr. Curley was known for keeping in touch with his public, and the statues of him symbolize that characteristic.



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