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Outside the Penitentiary

While we were in Philadelphia, we made a last-minute decision to go on a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary. Having taken a very enjoyable, informative and spooky night tour of Fremantle Prison not too long ago, I thought it would be interesting to see how one of the oldest American prisons compared. It turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the trip.

The first thing that grabbed my eye was the Gothic architecture. The castle-like exterior of the prison was designed to frighten the townspeople into staying on the straight and narrow. In fact, on the inside the prison wasn’t a particularly scary place at all, and those guard towers? They’re actually only at knee height.

Outdoor corridorThe tour was awesome. I guess you might be sick of hearing that, as I’ve praised tours a lot in my recent posts, but bear with me. I think this…

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