The historic centre of the United States, Philadelphia retains a beautiful contrast between the stunning buildings that framed the cry of freedom with surpising buildings of a modern commercial city. There are also many cultural attractions with museums, parks, theaters and street performances throughout the year.
These are definitely the two most imposing skyscrapers in Philadelphia. While there are attractions such as the Empire State Building in New York or the Sears Tower in Chicago, these skyscrapers are a symbol of the city and throughout its history its been a record-breaker. Let's start with One Liberty Place: Until just two years ago it was the tallest building in Philadelphia, but completion of the Comcast Centre (296 meters) has placed One Liberty Place in second place. It, with antenna included, 288 meters, is a total of 61 floors and is the second highest in the state of Pennsylvania and is among the 20 highest across the United States. It was completed in 1987 and is fully glazed with a kind of blue mirror that give a special touch, although it is true that The Chrysler Building in New York has a certain air, especially in shape. Designed by Helmut Jahn, they say they'll become the first building in the city somehow skipped over zoning codes that prevented building buildings taller than the statue that's on top of the City. It is located in the financial and business center of the city and is part of a complex, Liberty Place. In it there is absolutely everything from the most luxurious hotels and the finest restaurants, past the fashionable shops. Now Two: It was built about three years after the building One and is practically a twin skyscraper, with minor differences, for example the antenna. It is 258 meters tall and has 5 floors. It is the third tallest skyscraper in the city and is among the highest of about 30 different countries. They really are spectacular and can be seen from any part of the city. The truth is that when I went it was a holiday and there wasn't anyone there and it looked like you couldn't even visit. So, if anyone is in Philadelphia they won't lose much time in getting close to it because it's just next to the town hall. Each one is on the corner of the block between Market and Chestnut streets.
NOTE: The Philadelphia Skyline from the 30th Street station is impressive, with the two towers taking over.
Since 2008 it holds the title of the tallest building in the city of Philadelphia, breaking the record of One Liberty Place. It has 58 floors measuring 297 meters high, which also makes it one of the 15 highest buildings in the United States. The truth is that the Comcast Center is pretty interesting and worth seeing. A mass of glass that rises and whose top seems like a hole (which it is) but it gives a special touch. Construction began in 2004 and at first was named One Pennsylvania Plaza, but finally, after several changes in direction, it's called Comcast, in honor of a television company which has its headquarters there. Really it's just used as an office building but has the random restaurant, television sets and some little shops. There's nothing touristic about it except the fact that its the highest part of the city and shares the skyline with the Towers at Liberty Place. It isn't very hard to find, especially if you walk down Market Street just between the station and the town hall. It's just parallel but hey, it's easy to see from anywhere. The day that I saw it there were some guys cleaning the facade and it gave a lot of respect to that job. Yes, they were there a good amount of time because there were still there several hours later.