The Bell of Independence
Our first visit in America was the Liberty Bell. Not many knows what’s that. But upon visiting did we realized that a bell can be this important to a nation!
Liberty Bell America, located in Philadelphia’s, is the most popular attractions and is a must-see for first-time visitors. Originally called The State House bell, it rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (renamed Independence Hall).
The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence and freedom, inscribed on it was the message: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof“. The message was said to inspire the Abolitionists seeking to end slavery in America, they renamed the bell as ‘Liberty Bell’ in 1835, the events that followed culminated in the bloodiest war the American had ever fought, American Civil War (1861-1865), during the presidency of President Abraham Lincoln.
But what made the Bell so famous was the numerous cracks throughout the years. No one know exactly why it cracked and when it cracked. The Liberty Bell was cast in England but cracked soon upon arriving in Philadelphia, local craftman was called to do the repair, they melted the Bell and cast a new one. In 1846, the Liberty Bell was rung during George Washington birthday celebration, that was the last time it sounds, as the same crack on the Bell happened again and greatly affected the sound of The Bell.
As we later proceed to view the Independence Hall beside Liberty Bell, we came to learn more on America fight for Independence.
Admission is free to the exhibits. Visitors are subjected to stringent security checks, it can be a nuisance, but it is necessary for the safety of all. We waited for almost 20 minutes just to get into the exhibits.
Attached video did well in the history of Liberty Bell, it is shared by http://www.studentadventuretours.com/
To take good picture with the Bell, stand beside the Bell, not right infront of it like what many had done. Regretfully, most tourists (not all) usually behave in an unusual way. They are generally not interested in the history or background of a particular place, the reason they follow a guide is because they do not know how to be there, all they want is to take picture when the guide tell them to do so, probably to show that ‘I was here’.
The Liberty Bell was originally located in the tower of the Independence Hall and the Independence Hall is located just steps away from the Liberty Bell.
What a thoughtful design, visitors could see the Independence Hall, which originally house the Liberty Bell, from the Liberty Bell attraction.