America’s birthplace is poised to become the country’s first World Heritage City, joining more than 200 other places that have played pivotal roles in human history.
The city qualifies because Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Liberty Bell is nearby.
City officials say the designation also reflects the city’s evolution into an economic and educational hub and will help boost tourism.
Philadelphia has also won international acclaim for its vibrant arts scene. It’s home to The Barnes Foundation museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Sylvester Stallone ran up the steps in “Rocky.”
The city hosted Pope Francis in September and will welcome the Democratic National Convention in July.
Other World Heritage Cities include Berlin, Paris and Havana.
Original story by The Associated Press.