Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Opened in 1829, as part of a controversial detainee rehabilitation project by "confinement in solitude and with work“, The State Penitentiary became one of the most expensive and copied buildings in the United States.

Some of the most famous criminal were locked up in this prison, including the bank robber Willie Sutton e Al Capone. It is possible to see the cell of the famous Italian-American Gangster, who spent 8 months there in 1929. You can see a reproduction of his cell, furnished with luxury furnishings such as oriental rugs and paintings.

The visit includes a audio tour, narrated by the famous actor Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Armageddon) which lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Taking advantage of the gloomy atmosphere of the abandoned prison, "scary" attractions have been created inside the penitentiary, named "Terror Behind the Walls”And it is a tour through the various areas of the prison, such as the infirmary and solitary confinement cells, during which actors dressed as guards or inmates can suddenly appear and make you jump in terror! Thrilling atmospheres therefore, for those who lovehorror or for those looking for strong emotions.

How to reach us: SEPTA bus: 48, 43, 33, 32 from the 7th Fairmount Avenue stop
Where it is: 2027 Fairmount Avenue – Philadelphia, PA 19130
Official website: http://www.easternstate.org
Opening Hours: every day from 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission at 16:00)
tickets: Adults: $ 12 - Seniors: $ 10 - Students and children (ages 7 to 12): $ 8

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