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The masons of Philadelphia purchased a piece of land located in Penn Square across the street where Philadelphia? City Hall ? the tallest city government capitol in the United States ? would rise to build a masonic temple in 1867. Today, the Philadelphia Masonic Temple remains to be one of the most acclaimed structures in the city. The grand temple was designed by freemason James Windrim. He combined all the architectural elements of the Freemason?s magical heritage hailing from England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece and Egypt. His mastery created a majestic building fitting of the great masons of Philadelphia. The Masonic Temple?s cornerstone was positioned on June 24, 1868 to coincide with St. John the Baptist Day and was dedicated in 1973 with a grandstanding of a well-participated parade with approximately 14,000 attendees.

The exterior of the Masonic Temple was fashioned Norman-style and the stones used to build it came from different resources. As with any other Masonic structure, this Masonic Temple in Philadelphia was built with intricacy with each of the stone cut, squared and numbered and transported to the site to be assembled. The building is grand as a whole, but the 250-feet tall medieval tower is arguably its most eye-catching feature and is an iconic and imposing figure in the Philadelphia skyline.

The interior of the Masonic Temple is as impressive as its exterior and took five years to complete. Designed by Munich-trained George Herzog, the lavish interior was designed to reflect the seven ?ideal? architectural principles which include Norman, Gothic, Egyptian, Oriental, Corinthian, Renaissance and Ionic. The meeting halls are luxurious extravagantly decorated with furniture and murals. Nothing is simple here, not even the staircase. The most famous of these meeting rooms is the Egyptian Hall which was patterned after the shrines of Luxor. The design is so faithful to the original that it even includes authentic and exact hieroglyphics.

Aside from these meeting halls, there is also a Masonic library and museum established in 1908 which showcases significant artifacts in American?s masonry heritage including the masonic apron worn by George Washington when he put the first stone of The Capitol in Washington.
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