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Back Bay

Back Bay
Back Bay

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Rivaling only Beacon Hill in prestige and high-class living, Back Bay proudly flaunts multi-million dollar residences, historic landmarks, premier shopping, and a fascinating history. This area is called Back Bay for a reason, as in the late 19th century, it actually was a bay. The area was swampy and hazardous, until architect Arthur Gilman suggested bold plans to fill it and create the next upcoming Boston neighborhood. Thirty years later, his dreams became a reality, with rows and rows of luxurious brownstone houses and the trendiest shopping venues in the city.

Today, the homes attract only the wealthy elite, with prices in the seven digits and above. Appropriate to the area is the famous Newbury Street shopping central, which stretches two miles long with all sorts of shops, salons, and restaurants. Giorgio Armani shoppers can find their niche as easily as American Apparel lovers, and visitors can find a gourmet meal as easily as a burger and a beer.

Boston's tallest building, the John Hancock Tower, and its second tallest building, the Prudential Tower stand here majestically. The Prudential Center is home to a full shop-ping mall, the famous gourmet restaurant Top of the Hub, and the Skywalk Observatory, which offers a breathtaking city view from the top of the building. The John Hancock Tower observatory deck is no longer open, but visitors can admire this beautiful building from the street.

Built in 19th century, the renowned Boston Public Library is located in Back Bay's Copley Square. With an astounding collection of over 20 million pieces (includes books, maps, photographs, etc.), it is one of the largest libraries in the United States. If you decide to visit the library and stroll around its surroundings, little shops and restau-rants are dotted along the area and contribute to an unforgettable day trip. After checking out one of the most famous libraries in the country, you just might find a new favorite restaurant and shoe store. Words don't do this Boston neighborhood justice; you'll have to come see for yourself.

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