Whether you’re a displaced Bostonian or are fortunate enough to still live in this fair city, certain sights always spark nostalgia and smiles. These 15 images depict the iconic Boston landmarks that make us think of home:
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1. Boston Common
The sight of Boston Common conjures images of strolling on summer days, admiring the foliage in fall, and the sparkling holiday decorations in winter.
2. The Public Garden
The garden that all Bostonians - and visitors - share makes us think of swan boat rides, vibrant flowers, and the sight of willows dipping their fronds towards the lagoon.
3. Fenway Park
The oldest baseball park in the MLB has also been dubbed "America's most beloved ballpark." Unless you're originally from New York, you feel a swell of fondness for this Boston icon, including the Green Monster, and perhaps even The Pesky Pole!
4. Boston Public Library
From the magnificent facade to the grand marble staircase, everything about BPL makes you feel inspired to read and discover new ideas. This is easily one of the most impressive libraries in the world.
5. Trinity Church
You can't help but feel a sense of awe when gazing at Trinity Church's rich interior. From its ornate murals to its 33 stained glass windows, there's much to admire within this Richardsonian Romanesque building.
6. Bunker Hill Monument
Both a symbol of our city and of our nation's fight for independence, this 220-foot obelisk towers over Charlestown. While dramatic from below, the views from the top are perhaps even more impressive.
7. Museum of Fine Arts
Established in 1876, this vast museum provides a tour of the world's art without needing to leave Boston. The stately building itself is a piece of art - John Singer Sargent created the murals in the rotunda.
8. Old North Church
This iconic church on The Freedom Trail was built in 1723 and is the oldest church in Boston. When two lanterns were hung from the steeple, it provided a warning that the British would come via sea. The current steeple is a replica of the original because the former structure was damaged during storms.
9. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace encompasses Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market - all united in a pedestrian setting that attracts droves of people each year. In addition to serving as a marketplace, Faneuil Hall has long been significant for its role as a public meeting place. The building is topped with a gold weathervane in the shape of a grasshopper.
10. Prudential Center
Fabulous vistas of the city are available from both the Skywalk Observatory or Top of the Hub, both located inside the Prue Center Tower. However, we most often see this familiar part of the Boston skyline from below.
11. Paul Revere House
We instantly recognize this humble house as the home of Paul Revere. In addition to accommodating one of Boston's most celebrated residents, the structure is significant in its own right. It was built in 1680 and is the oldest house in the city, so a visit here provides a glimpse back through the centuries.
12. Old State House
This is the oldest public building that still stands in Boston. The Old State House dates back to 1713, and it was here that Bostonians first heard the Declaration of Independence read aloud, an act that is repeated each year on July Fourth.
13. The "New" State House
The Massachusetts State House was designed by Charles Bulfinch and has been around since 1798. Throughout its history, the building has been capped with a wooden dome, a copper one, and the gilded one we see today.
14. The John Hancock Tower
This skyscraper soars 790 feet above Boston - the Hancock is actually the tallest building in all of New England. The sight of Trinity Church reflected in its glass panels provides an intriguing contrast of modern and historic. This skyscraper's official name is 200 Clarendon Street.
15. Boston Harbor
Who can tire of views of Boston Harbor? This is a name nearly everyone in the nation knows, and a sight that sends Bostonian hearts fluttering.
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