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This busy seaport city is an active economic center of Maryland. The core of the old city lies in the inner harbor which is still a hotspot of business activities. The neighborhoods have a decent list of quality restaurants and hotels that creates the urban vibe. Patapsco River carves out a scenic spectacle through its shores.
Considered one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture, the Baltimore Basilica is the nation's oldest Catholic cathedral. Begun in 1806 and completed in 1821, the cathedral was designed by Benjamin Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol. With its six Corinthian columns fronting a grand portico, the cathedral resembles a Greek temple. Nine stained-glass windows fill the massive interior with light. Visitors in recent years have included Pope John Paul II and the late Mother Theresa.
The works of H.L. Mencken, the sage of Baltimore and Edgar Allan Poe, another writer often associated with the city, can be explored at this library. In fact, two rooms are devoted to their writings and their lives. One of the largest libraries in the county, the Enoch Pratt also serves as a State Library Resource Center, which provides all Maryland libraries with access to state and federal government documents and other materials. The library has an impressive collection of books about Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
Formerly called "The German Cathedral" due to its South German neo-Gothic style, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church is a historic landmark designed by the famous architect Robert Cary Long in 1845. Many saints, including Blessed George Matulaitis and St. John Neumann, have prayed here, making this church a place of religious importance in the Catholic community.
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is a non-profit that creates a vibrant downtown for both businesses and visitors. The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore hosts events throughout the year, including concert series.
East meets West at The Walters. On one hand, its collection spans nearly the entire history of Western art. Its spacious galleries are home to Greek and Roman statuary, Baroque carvings and a large collection of Renaissance paintings. On the other hand, its elegant Hackerman House wing holds one of the largest collections of traditional Asian art in the United States.
Housed inside a beautiful structure inside the Johns Hopkins University campus, the George Peabody Library stocks a magnificent collection of over 300,000 books. The library was initiated in 1860 with an aim to provide latest literary material covering all branches of knowledge except law and medicine. These books, mostly belonging to the 18th and the 19th Century, provide perfect research material covering British art and architecture, History of America, Biographies, English and American literature as well as Greek and Latin classics and an exploration section for exclusive collection of maps. A majestic place for book lovers, the place is often referred to as the 'Cathedral of Books'. Visit the university website for library catalog and event updates.
The Peabody Institute was the first conservatory in the United States. It was founded in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody and has been part of the Johns Hopkins University since 1977. The institute boasts four concert halls and the Peabody Library and is home to the Peabody Conservatory, John Steven Limited which offers private musical lessons and the Peabody Preparatory, a non-degree program that offers classes for people of all ages. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento and vocalist/pianist Tori Amos attended the institute. Students, faculty and other performers often stage free public concerts.
Towering above Mount Vernon Place is Baltimore's Washington Monument. The marble Doric column towers 178 feet with a statue of George Washington at its crown. The reward for climbing the steep, winding 228 steps is a bird's-eye view of Baltimore. The base contains a small museum with exhibits chronicling the architecture and development of the monument, which took nearly 15 years to build (1815-1829).
Zion Church is a quaint worship place, adorned with pretty stained glass windows. This is one of the few Lutheran churches in the state that still uses the red book for the English service. Services in German have been held since the last 250 years! German language courses are also offered for all levels. Ecumenical Communion is held on the first Wednesday of each month. Various other events like Spring Fest, May Fest and Garten Fest are conducted annually. The garden is supposedly one of the best green spots in the city. The beautiful Adlersaal (hall) can be rented for a private function.
The Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association (BACVA) was established to help tourists learn about attractions and business services in Baltimore. The visitors center is a great place to get information on tours, shopping guides, art galleries and events. Find tickets and brochures, make reservations for lodging or simply access information yourself in the touch-screen kiosks.