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5 Must-See Boston Landmarks

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Boston is a city full of history from its part in the American Revolution to the American Civil War to more modern times. Take a tour of these 5 Boston landmarks and view history differently.

1. Old North Church

"One if by land, two if by sea" are the words immortalized in a famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow based on the lanterns lit at Old North Church on April 18, 1775 to warn Paul Revere of the arrival of the British that started the American Revolution. The church was founded in 1722 and is the oldest surviving church building in Boston. See the church's garden with plants used in the 18th Century. Take a behind-the-scenes guided tour with all proceeds benefitting the church and building maintenance.

2. Bunker Hill Monument

Standing 221-feet tall on Breed's Hill in the Charleston area at Monument Square, the Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution (June 17, 1775) and the strong standing of the early colonists. Run by the National Park Service, there is no admission fee. The amazing view awaiting all those who brave the 294 steps to the top (no elevators here), displays the land the colonists fought for.

3. Trinity Church

Designed after the American Civil War by American architect Henry Hobson Richardson who was trained in France, Trinity Church is a unique blend of medieval styles from France, Spain and Italy mixed with American ideas. Richardson created his own style influencing future architects. A carved granite stone from the former church destroyed by fire was placed in a wall at Trinity Church. Guided tours of the active church of about 3,000 benefit this historic building's maintenance and preservation. Enjoy the detailed murals and stained glass artwork.

4. African Meeting House

Built in 1806 as a church for African-Americans, this is the oldest black church building still in existence in the U.S. This was the main meeting place for African-Americans to discuss politics and educate their children. It hosted noted abolitionist speakers, such as Frederick Douglas, and played a part in the first African-American army group to fight in the Civil War. The Baptist congregation sold the building in 1898 and in 1904 a Jewish congregation was housed there. A cultural icon, the African Meeting House is open Monday-Saturday as part of the National Park Service.

5. Fenway Park

Play ball! Baseball fans will want to see historic Fenway Park, especially in light of the home team's 2013 World Series win in this very spot. Its location in the center of Boston makes for some quirky additions and remodels over the years. Opened on April 20, 1911, this Boston icon recently celebrated its 100-year birthday. Enjoy a game or take a stadium tour on a non-game day and relive baseball history.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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