Written by SoudipOctober 6th 2014
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Independence Hall Historical Facts and Pictures
Situated in the middle of Independence National Historical Park, The Independence Hall is the historic place where the Independence of America was declared and the Constitution of America was formed. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building was constructed in 1753 and was a major meeting point of Second Continental Congress in the late 18th century.
Structure and construction
Initially known as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania, the construction of the Independence Hall started in 1732. The Georgian-style red-brick building with a high wooden steeple and a bell tower, was designed by the architect Edmond Woolley with the help of a renowned Philadelphian lawyer, Andrew Hamilton. A giant clock was erected by Thomas Stretch in 1753 at the west end of the building.
The interior of the Independence Hall is consisted of a vestibule, a tower stair-hall, an assembly room and a supreme court room.
The iconic symbol of American Independence, the Liberty Bell was first located in the lowest chamber of the steeple. After the removal of the steeple in the 1780s, the bell was placed in the highest section of the brick-tower until the 1850s. Prior to its present location at the Liberty Bell Center, the bell with its unique and characteristic crack remained in the ground floor of the Independence Hall until 1976. In 1847, the bell became widely famous after a short story asserted that the bell was rung by an aged bell-ringer on July 4, 1776, upon hearing the vote of the Second Continental Congress for independence.
This symbolic bell has been widely featured on stamps and coins and its name also been used by many corporations. Although factual evidences suggest that the bell did not ring on July 4, 1776, the tale has been strongly accepted by most of the people, even by some historians.