Officials toast World Heritage City designation

City officials, business leaders, and local and foreign dignitaries gathered at the Independence Visitor Center Wednesday night to celebrate Philadelphia’s designation as a World Heritage City.

Such designations are made by the Organization of World Heritage Cities, an independent organization of cities that are home to some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Philadelphia’s Independence Hall has been a World Heritage Site since 1979, but the city’s designation as a World Heritage City is a first for the United States.


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