You’ve heard of the seven wonders of the world, but did you realize how many world-class structures actually call Cleveland home? From classically inspired public art to out-of-the-box attractions, some remarkable attractions exist right in your own backyard.
1. James A. Garfield Memorial
While the 20th U.S. President was assassinated in 1881, his final resting place in Lake View Cemetery would not be dedicated until May 30, 1890.
It is no wonder it took so long to complete, as within its 180-foot-tall memorial is an incredible amount of splendor. One of the more entrancing attractions is the memorial's collection of five bas-reliefs, complete with more than 108 life-size figures, that tell the story of Garfield's life.
The James A. Garfield Memorial is located in Lake View Cemetery at 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
2. The Cleveland Venus Statue
The 22-story Carl B. Stokes Courthouse is one of Cleveland's most recognizable buildings. However, above its entrance is a sight one would not expect to see in Cleveland: a 37 foot bronze statue inspired by Venus de Milo. Ours differs in that she not only stands without arms, but also without a head. This 23,000 lb statue has watched over the city since 2003.
3. Severance Hall
Located in the energetic University Circle neighborhood, this bold building is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Local industrialist and philanthropist John Long Severance donated $1 million toward the construction of the building and named it for his recently departed wife. The building was completed in 1931, five years before his death. It blends Art Deco and Egyptian Revival to create a truly stunning milieu.
You may recognize this stunning environment from
Air Force One, when, in the opening credits, a raid takes place on the palace of the leader of Kazakhstan. That palace is Severance Hall, and you can spot other local landmarks in the background if you watch carefully.
Address: 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
4. Cleveland Public Library
Construction on this spectacular building was completed on May 6, 1925, and it is oozing with over-the-top Jazz Age splendor. Each story in this building is as high as two stories in a normal building!
When the market crashed, the Federal Art Project was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration to put artists back to work. This benefited our local library, as it gained new murals that further entranced the public. The library, which was renovated between 1997 and 1999, remains one of the loveliest buildings in the CLE.
The Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114.
5. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens
An impressive collection of 30 nationality gardens stretch along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the adjacent East Boulevard. Each garden is an educational tool, telling the story of a different culture through sculptures and garden architecture.
Here, 254 acres of tranquil beauty stretch between University Circle and Lake Erie, a stunning plot of land that reminds visitors that the world is a much smaller place than it seems.
Address: 750 E 88th St., Cleveland, OH 44108.
6. Wade Memorial Chapel
While this petite chapel in Lake View Cemetery may not look like much on the outside, its interior is stunning.
Built to pay homage to the founder of The Western Union Telegraph Company and the first president of Lake View Cemetery, Jeptha Wade, this lovely memorial is one of the few remaining interiors in the world that was completely designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios.
The glass mosaics will take you on "The Voyage of Life," introducing you to scenes depicting the birth of Christianity and other entrancing moments in mythology.
Address: 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
7. The GE Chandelier
The newest addition to our list is a 20-foot tall chandelier that hangs above the intersection of East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue in Playhouse Square. This centerpiece, which was designed by General Electric, is the world's largest outdoor chandelier. It is draped with 4,200 crystals, each one specially designed to withstand the unpredictable Cleveland weather.
Its 8,500-pound mass is suspended suspended 44 feet over the streets, entrancing passerby with its beauty. It has only been a city resident since 2014, but it will continue to entrance for generations.
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