Did You Know: Facts about Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s nicknames include Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, The Birthplace of America, The City that Loves You Back, The City of Neighborhoods, The Quaker City and The Cradle of Liberty. — PHOTO: AP

Philadelphia’s nicknames include Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, The Birthplace of America, The City that Loves You Back, The City of Neighborhoods, The Quaker City and The Cradle of Liberty.

There are more than 3,800 murals in Philadelphia.

At 9,200 acres, Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped garden in the world.

The world’s first electronic computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, was built at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946.

Bartram’s Garden is the oldest botanical garden in North America.

At 37 feet in height, the William Penn statue at City Hall is the tallest statue atop a building in the world.

The Penn Museum is home to the largest Egyptian Sphinx in the western hemisphere.

Philadelphians consume 12 times more pretzels each year than the average American.

Cheese wasn’t added to the city’s famous cheesesteak until the 1940s, 10 years after the steak sandwich was invented.

Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary had running water and indoor plumbing before the White House.

William Penn created five public squares in his original plans for Philadelphia. Four are still squares: Rittenhouse Square, Franklin Square, Washington Square and Logan Square. The fifth, Centre Square, is now home to City Hall, but is also the location of Dilworth Park.

Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was first held in 1920, making it four years older than the more famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Philadelphia was home to the country’s first hospital, zoo, library and fire company.

The Liberty Bell was crafted as the bell for Pennsylvania’s State House. It wasn’t called the Liberty Bell until the 1800s.

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Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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