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Back Bay and Brookline, Boston

South-west of Boston Common, between the Charles River and Huntington Avenue, is the Back Bay area, laid out on a regular grid, with numerous office and commercial tower blocks and cultural institutions. South of Boylston Street are many modern skyscrapers. On Berkeley Street (No. 200) is the 495ft/151m high John Hancock Building, with a pyramidal top, headquarters of the insurance corporation of that name.

John Hancock Tower (closed)

Glass covered John Hancock Tower reflects the sky in Boston.
The 740ft/224m high Hancock Tower not only overtops its immediate neighbours but is in fact the highest building in the whole city. Its sixty stories are concealed behind a reflective glass facade. The finest panoramic view of Boston is to be had from the observatory on the top floor.
THE OBSERVATION DECK IS NO LONGER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Copley Square

Copley Square is surrounded by an interesting mix of architectural styles, with buildings such as the Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the nearby Prudential Tower.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Considered one of the leading art museums in the country, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts houses a diverse collection ranging from Egyptian sculpture to modern video installation pieces.
The museum holdings are arranged in more than 200 galleries within the following departments:
The Asiatic Department contains a variety of painting, sculpture, drawings and ceramics from Japan, China, Korea, India and the Middle East. Some of the highlights here include a 12th century lacquered-wood sculpture of a Buddhist Bodhisattva and Korean painted screens.
The Ancient World includes artwork from Greece, Egypt and the Middle East. Highlights include the ivory and gold statue of the Minoan Snake Goddess from 1500 BC and a statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Mycerinus and his queen from 2548-2530 BC.
The Decorative Arts Department contains artwork from Europe and the U.S. spanning 500 years. Examples include New England furniture and Italian Renaissance sculptures.
The Painting Department is separated again into various categories. It is a large and comprehensive collection ranging from a Rembrandt oil painting painted in the 17th century to American modern art.
The neo-Classical main building was designed by Guy Lowell and built in 1909. The modern West Wing hosts special exhibits and shows. It was designed by I.M. Pei and partners and completed in 1981.
Official site: www.mfa.org
Address: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5523, United States

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is near the south-west end of the Fens. It contains a small but distinguished collection of furniture, tapestries, sculpture, decorative arts, as well as American and European paintings. The charm of this museum lies in its character as a former private collection reflecting the personal preferences of the owners.
It is modeled after a 15th century Venetian palace with an interior flowering courtyard. The Museum also hosts a concert series on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 during a part of each year.
Official site: www.gardnermuseum.org
Address: 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, United States

Fenway Park

The outside of Fenway Park in Boston.
Fenway Park is one of the most fabled sports complexes in the country. The home of the Boston Red Sox opened on April 20, 1912. One of the most recognizable features of the stadium is the Green Monster, the 60-foot (18.3-meter) green wall in left field. The park still maintains some of the remnants of "old time" baseball such as the hand-operated scoreboard. It also has the lowest seating capacity in the Major Leagues permitting only 33,871 spectators.
Address: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3496, United States

Gibson House

Gibson House is a Victorian row house built in 1859 when Boston's Back Bay was just starting out as the city's upscale residential neighborhood. Today the house is a museum filled with original Gibson family period furnishings like black-walnut woodwork, imported carpets, and 18th-century decorative arts. The kitchen, scullery, butler's pantry and water closets, as well as formal rooms and private family quarters provide a glimpse into the lives of a well-to-do Boston family.
The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Official site: www.thegibsonhouse.org
Address: 137 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116-1504, United States

First and Second Church

Located on a quiet, residential street in Back Bay, the First Church is the oldest church in Boston. Second Church merged with the First Church in 1970 and features a section of the original Gothic steeple. The first church on the site burned in 1968. Today, it is an active Unitarian Church.
Official site: www.firstchurchboston.org
Address: 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116, United States

John B Hynes Convention Center

Architectural detail of the Convention Center in Boston.
This multi-use convention center features over 190,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 25,000 square foot ballroom and 37 specialized meeting rooms.
Official site: www.mccahome.com
Address: c/o Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115, United States

Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston explores the life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy, an influential religious leader, publisher, teacher, and businesswoman. As the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy advanced at a time when women could not vote and were generally barred from pulpits, seminaries, and the medical profession.
One of the most notable exhibits at the library is the one-of-a-kind Mapparium, a three-story stained-glass globe that carries visitors on a journey through time and space.
Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, United States

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