We visited Faneuil Hall while walking the Freedom Trail during our three days stay in Boston. The building is impressive and cannot be missed. On the ground floor there is a small market where you can buy souvenirs, but the interesting places are on the second and third floor. Here are the famous meeting rooms, where now US National Park Services are holding free presentations about colonial history. Very interesting! Faneuil Hall has been built in 1742 by Peter Faneuil, who donated it to Boston. Revolutionary colonists among Samuel Adams gathered here and protested agains ' taxation without representation'. Because of these meetings held between 1764 and 1774 Faneuil Hall was also called 'Cradle of Liberty'. In 1805/06 the building was expanded and the third floor was added. Also interesting is the gilded grasshopper weather vane on top of the building. It is made of copper and weights 38 pounds. It was placed on top in 1742 and has been there ever since. The vane has been blown off the building a few times, but repaired each time. It was even stolen one time in 1974, but recovered and placed back again. It is said that it is a kind of time capsule with all kind of items in its belly for future generations. Also see the statue of Samuel Adams behind Faneuil Hall on Congress Street.
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