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Boston, City of history and culture

Boston is the largest city in New England. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States, where culture plays a key role. The city’s economy is based on higher education, research, health, finance and technology – in particular, biotechnology.

The city is located at the center of Greater Boston, which is the popular name for this metropolitan area spanning neighboring cities like Cambridge, Quincy, Newton, Brookline and other communities in the suburbs of Boston, as well as part of New Hampshire.

The narrow streets are reminiscent of the American Revolution and the changes which took place during it. However, educational institutions have the deepest influence on the city. Boston universities and colleges still attract students, scientists, philosophers and writers who play a key role in the cultural evolution of the city.

The first signs of revolution appeared in the oldest part of Boston – Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the cradle of north-American civilization. This is a great place to indulge in people-watching and shopping. You can also visit the Old State House, where the Boston Massacre took place, or the Boston Tea Party ship replica where settlers rebelled against the British Empire. Wander through the spectacular alleyways in Beacon Hill, Chestnut, and Mt. Vernon with their olde worlde appeal – with gas lamps, shady trees, brick sidewalks, typical Bostonian houses and large mansions which were built between 1800 and 1850.

In Copley Square you will be impressed by the blend of elegant architectural styles including Trinity Church, with its spectacular stained-glass windows, the John Hancock Tower, which is the tallest building in New England, the Boston Public Library, and Newbury St. with its art galleries, brand shops and outdoor cafés.

Wander along the banks of the Charles River, which is one of the most popular parks in Boston and provides a delightful oasis for walkers, cyclists, runners, sunbathers or picnic-goers.

Last, but not least, make sure you visit Cambridge. Check out its bookshops and enjoy the bustling atmosphere in Harvard Square with its mansions. Watch groups of students, street musicians, street vendors and chess players. Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and in the world. It is believed to be the oldest university in America and was founded in 1636. Seven American Presidents graduated from Harvard University.