2019 International Day for Monuments and Sites

Independence Hall celebrates 40th anniversary of UNESCO designation – Thursday, April 18, 2019, marks International Day for Monuments and Sites, which celebrates cultural heritage around the world and focuses on preserving and conserving historical and archaeological sites.

On this special globally-recognized day, we honor Philadelphia's diverse heritage and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Independence Hall's designation as a UNESCO site.

Independence Hall is considered by many as the birthplace of the United States of America. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the Articles of Confederation uniting the 13 colonies were ratified in 1781, and the Constitution setting out the nation's basic laws was adopted in 1787.

Independence Hall offers free tours every 20 to 30 minutes. Admission is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required March - December. Click here to learn more.

Plan your visit to any number of Philadelphia's local sites to learn more about our heritage. Click here for a listing of National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia. 



"Around Washington Square" Walking Tour
Hosted by Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Walk around one of William Penn’s original planned public parks.

Learn how Washington Square once served as a burial ground for over 1,200 Revolutionary War soldiers, then as a potter’s field before receiving its present name in 1825.

See The Athenaeum, the first Italian Renaissance building in the US, and learn how the Square became home to the publishing industry in the early 20th century.

Today, many of the former office buildings are being transformed into residences as Washington Square serves as an important gateway to the nearby residential Society Hill neighborhood.

Special offering for the International Day for Monuments and Sites! The tour is FREE with advance registration. Click here for more information and to register.

The Preservation Alliance regularly hosts guided walking tours that interpret the past, present, and future of the Philadelphia region, as expressed through architecture, urban design and social history. Visit www.preservationalliance.com for more information.

The 2019 theme for the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites is "Rural Landscapes," to help raise awareness about the relevance of rural landscapes, the challenges that encompass their conservation, the benefits that these efforts provide, and how rural landscapes are intrinsically related with sustainable development. Learn more at www.icomos.org.

In 2015, Philadelphia became the first World Heritage City in the United States. The achievement of this designation led to the creation of the World Heritage City Project, which was established to seize the opportunities that this new status affords the citizens of Philadelphia. The mission of the WHC Project is to...

Learn more at www.globalphiladelphia.org


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