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Boston Public Library in Back Bay

A visit to Boston’s Back Bay is not complete until you visit the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Architect Charles McKim designed the interior and exterior of the  Italian Renaissance inspired Central Library. Built in 1888 and opened to the public in 1895, the Boston Public Library is the first free library in America. It’s absolutely mind-blowing to think that this architectural masterpiece was built in only seven years!

Step inside the Dartmouth Street entrance and notice the six bas-relief bronze doors sculpted by Daniel Chester French. Walk along the marble floors and a magnificent Roman-inspired courtyard welcomes you with its arches, columns and greenery. For a brief moment in time, you’ll feel like you’re in Italy.

On the second floor is Bates Hall, the impressive reading room with 50-ft. high arched ceilings, English oak bookcases, and rows of wooden tables that have been in use since the library’s opening in 1895.

There’s so much to discover and photograph at the Boston Public Library. Book a PhotoWalks Architectural Landmarks History and Photo Tour and see how much there is to explore in historic Back Bay.

Saba Alhadi, founder of PhotoWalks, will provide captivating commentary and photo tips so that you can capture amazing pictures of your visit.

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