Exploring Eastern State Penitentiary

March 3, 2014 – About a mile or so away from the famed Philadelphia Museum of Art sits Eastern State Penitentiary.

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The building opened on October 25, 1829, and was considered the world’s first prison designed for true penitence.

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Many of America’s most notorious criminals spent time in one of the cellblocks here, including Al Capone.

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The prison officially closed its doors in 1970, although it was briefly used to keep city inmates in 1971 after a riot at nearby Holmesburg Prison.

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Today it operates as a museum and historic site, offering year-round tours. The photo above gives you a prisoner’s view of a closed cell door.

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The crowds were few at the early hour on Saturday morning, which gave the cellblocks I strolled through alone a true eerie, abandoned feel.

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After viewing the shower room, I have a new appreciation for my one and a half baths.

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Hidden throughout the cellblocks I found many nooks and crannies like this one, although I’m not sure what purpose they served.

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The peeling paint almost looks like pieces of glass on an unfinished mural.

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