Philadelphia Named U.S.'s First World Heritage City


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Philadelphia — the city where the United States was born with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and first began to take shape with the signing of the U.S. Constitution — is now also the nation’s first World Heritage City.

In November 2015, the Organization of World Heritage Cities selected Philadelphia for the honor, which can only be bestowed upon cities already notable for a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Philadelphia previously won recognition for Independence Hall as a World Heritage Site.

According to an article the Philadelphia Business Journal, recognition as a World Heritage City may result in up to 100,000 additional visitors to the city from around the globe, resulting in as much as $150 million in expanded economic impact.


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