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Strolling the historic streets of Boston is like taking a trip back in time through centuries of American architecture. Many of the city's oldest and most beloved buildings date back to the colonial era, including the Old North Church (built in the first half of the 18th century) and the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed in 1776. The most notable influence on Boston architecture was Charles Bulfinch, an architect who helped develop the Federal style that can be seen along much of the city's historic Freedom Trail. The gold-domed Massachusetts State House, the Quincy Market with its stately columns, and the lovely brick townhomes of the Beacon Hill neighborhood are all examples of the Federal architecture for which Boston is best known.
Newer but no less interesting buildings can be found in the Back Bay neighborhood, home to some of the city's most elegant Victorian brownstones as well as its tallest skyscrapers -- such as the 60-story John Hancock Tower (designed by I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb).