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Massachusetts State House

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Designed by Bulfinch and completed in 1798, this magnificent structure replaced the old legislative building across Boston Common, which had been the headquarters of the British government. The dome, originally covered in copper by Paul Revere & Sons, was later

  1. 24 Beacon Street, at Park Street
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Arnold Arboretum

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The arboretum, one of the world's leading centres for plant study, was established in 1872. In a beautiful, 265-acre park setting, this living museum is administered by Harvard University. Open to the public, it provides the opportunity to see more than 7,000 specimens

  1. 125 Arborway, (at Centre Street)
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Castle Island Park & Fort Independence

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South Boston lays claim to one of the city's most appealing shoreline parks: the 22-acre Castle Island. It's also among the oldest fortified military sites in North America, centerpieced by Fort Independence, a pentagonal granite structure that was finished in the

  1. East end of William J Day Boulevard at Shore Road
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