Scenic USA - Massachusetts
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Spread over six acres, Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a melting pot of the old and new. More than 100 of the finest shops and unique pushcarts feature lines of exotic coffees, gourmet desserts and one-of-a-kind specialty items. The complex represents both historic Boston architecture and 21st century apparel and accessory shops.
Offering a marvelous blend of Georgian Neoclassical, Greek Revival and contemporary architecture, the marketplace is also entertaining. Whether it's the street performers or just watching the bustling crowds, the marketplace is always festive and a looked upon as a special gathering spot. In a day's line-up of outdoor entertainment you may see jugglers, mimes, magicians, musicians and caricature artists.
Founded by Peter Faneuil (fan-nel) in 1742, the marketplace was created to sell crops and livestock. It was Faneuil's hope that his gathering of farmers would realize a little more profit, creating a constant use of the market. As the Sons of Liberty (and area farmers) resisted England's heavy taxes, Faneuil Hall enjoyed a quick success.
After an extensive remodel during the Bi-Centennial year (1976), Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North and South markets, all centered around a cobblestone promenade, saw updated shops, restaurants and pubs, colonnade eateries and more pushcarts. This is one site on the Boston tour that shouldn't be missed.
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