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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary was one of the most famous prisons in the world, with a list of former inmates that includes bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and gangster Al Capone. No longer in use, the crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers are a ghost of the grand architecture for which the prison was known. The penitentiary offers tours year-round and in the fall features the popular—and frightening—“Terror Behind the Walls” haunted house.

Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

Tags: Architecture, History, Museums & Attractions

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