Philadelphia, "Cradle of Liberty"
has many firsts to its credit. The nation's first hospital, university and zoo were all founded in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is also known for its historic landmarks like Independence Hall and Liberty Bell
. Check out the many interesting facts about Philadelphia which you probably didn't know and will surely amuse you.
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- Philadelphia's nicknames include Philly, The City that Loves You Back, The Cradle of Liberty, The City of Brotherly Love, The Birthplace of America, The City of Neighborhoods and The Quaker City.
- The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both signed and adopted in the Independence Hall.
- Philadelphia is the proud birthplace of the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.
- The birthplace of the United State’s first newspaper, `The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser` is also Philadelphia.
- The first American Flag was designed in Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the US.
- Philadelphia is the home to the Liberty Bell, an icon of American history.
- Philadelphia is home to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the oldest exchange in the US.
- Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1751, The Pennsylvania Hospital is America's first hospital.
- Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first university, University of Pennsylvania founded in 1740.
- Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first zoo, Philadelphia Zoo founded in 1874.
- The nation's first library, The Library Company of Philadelphia, was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731.
- The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts founded in 1805 is the country's first art museum and art school.
- The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philadelphia in 1920.
- The very famous Wharton School of Business, started by University of Pennsylvania in 1881, is also the world’s first college level business school.
- Philly is called the “mural capital of the U.S.” with over 2000 outdoor murals.