Faneuil Hall serves as a central Boston marketplace, as well as a meeting hall with an amazing waterfront view. The location's function as a beautiful city hub alone is reason enough to add it to your itinerary if you find yourself in Boston, but in a town rich with history, Faneuil Hall is also an integral piece of American origins.
Ranked fourth in Forbes' 2008 list of most visited American tourist sites; Faneuil Hall was built by Peter Faneuil as a gift to the town of Boston back in 1742, after years of discussion on building a market center had ultimately gone nowhere.
The building has become the center for the greater Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which includes three other buildings: North Market, South Market, and Quincy Market. The four buildings together form an indoor / outdoor mall complete with food courts. If you and the family can't agree on whether to go sightseeing, shopping, or to grab a bite to eat, Faneuil Hall will have you covered on all counts.
The building has a rich political history. In 1979, Senator Edward M. Kennedy delivered his famous speech declaring his candidacy for president, while Senator John Kerry delivered his concession speech here in 2004. Mitt Romney signed the Massachusetts healthcare law with a band playing to a crowd of 300, and President Barack Obama, in 2013, defended the Affordable Care Act on the very same stage.
Going back farther, Samuel Adams and James Otis, among others, made historic speeches here in order to influence the country towards independence from British rule. As part of "Cradle of Liberty," Faneuil Hall is one of the locations where America was born.The grasshopper weather vane that sits atop the building remains a symbol of Boston, while the interior houses a number of paintings and sculptures of Revolutionary War activists, slavery abolitionists, and political leaders from every era.
Faneuil Hall may not be quite as iconic as the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon, but whether you're American or visiting from overseas, it is one of those attractions that you simply must see at some time in your life as an individual that values freedom and independence.
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