Saturday, August 06, 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

This is the top of City Hall, built from 1879 to 1901. It is the second tallest masonry building in the world, with 250 statues adorning the building.

The one at the top is of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. For many years, City Hall was the tallest building in Philadelphia. But in 1987, the Liberty Place skyscrapers surpassed it. That was the beginning of "The Curse of William Penn"- no Philadelphia teams won championships until 2008, when the Phillies won the World Series.

How was the curse broken? When the Comcast Building, which is now the tallest building in Philadelphia, was built, a miniature statue of William Penn was put at the top floor.

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