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Copley Square

Copley Square
Copley Square

© Paul Keleher

Copley Square is a famous landmark in Boston, pinned by four beautiful and significant buildings: two of Boston's oldest churches, the aptly named Old South Church and the Trinity Church; the John Hancock Tower, the tallest building in New England; and the magnificent Boston Public Library. It was also the original home of the Museum of Fine Arts, MIT, Boston University, Emerson College and Northeastern University before the institutions expanded elsewhere. Today, Copley Square remains a unique cultural site in Boston where you can enjoy many different activities and sites. You can explore world-famous architecture, or sit and read a library book by the fountain, or watch the sunset glint off the Hancock Tower, or see children playing on the popular bronze Tortoise and the Hare statues. The figures commemorate those who have run in the Boston Marathon, the finish line of which is only a block away.

When you exit the Copley Square subway station, you are immediately greeted by the grandeur of the Boston Public Library. The BPL was the first public library in the United States and the first to allow readers to take books home, spawning generations of bibliophiles and providing reading material to those who might otherwise not have access.You can sit on the library's front steps alongside the giant statues of Art and Science and the complex iron lanterns that illuminate the entrance. However, once you sit, you might not want to leave because it's one of the prime people-watching spots in Boston. Across the square from the BPL is Trinity Church, one of Boston's architectural gems and to its left is the Old South Church, known for its impressive bell tower and carvings. All these locations offer tours and services fostering an appreciation for the rich history of Boston.

As for shopping, Copley Square has a Farmer's Market on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and the square is only a block away from Newbury Street, Boston's most famous shopping location. There are many free art galleries to discover in the area and you can eat in the BPL itself at Courtyard Luncheon or Maproom Café. To make sure you experience one of the hearts of Boston, spend a couple hours in Copley Square.

Area Resources

  • • Public Transportation: MBTA Green Line- Copley Square Station
  • • Location: The square is bounded by Boylston Street on the north, Clarendon Street on the east, St. James Street on the south, and Dartmouth Street on the west.
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