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    Art Gallery area tour

    by dustmon Written May 20, 2010

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    There is a street named Bennett Street that turns off of Peachtree Street in Midtown near Piedmont Hospital, that has an art district, so to speak---there are lots of art galleries, antique shops and a few restaurants where you can walk around and check out all the different art items available....There is photography, traditional and modern art, pottery, and much more to discover from this small neighborhood area....Going South on Peachtree you would turn right onto Bennett Street and immediately there are galleries beckoning you to stop and look.....If you go a little further in, you will encounter TULA Center, which houses photography galleries, art galleries and much more----try to make it on a friday night when lots of these galleries hold art parties with free wine and cheese. You can wander from gallery to gallery with a glass of wine and enjoy the different art styles represented.

    Bennet Street entrance TULA art center, Bennett Street

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    shrine of the immaculate conception

    by doug48 Updated May 14, 2010

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    the shrine of the immaculate conception catholic church was established in 1848. during the seige of atlanta the church did not suffer any significant damage. after the union occupation general william t. sherman ordered his troops to burn the city. father thomas o'reilly convinced general oliver o. howard to spare the shrine of the immaculate conception, central presbyterian, and trinity churches. after the war atlanta was rebuilt and father o'reilly saw the need for a new church building. the church you see today was built in 1873 and is listed on the national register of historic places. the shrine of the immaculate conception is one of a number of beautiful post civil war churches in downtown atlanta. for those interested in history and architecture the shrine of the immaculate conception is worth a look when in downtown atlanta.

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    fulton county courthouse

    by doug48 Updated May 14, 2010

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    pictured is the fulton county courthouse in downtown atlanta. the fulton county courthouse was built in 1914. the courthouse was designed by ten eyck brown in the beaux arts style. the fulton county courthouse is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture the courthouse is worth a look when in downtown atlanta.

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    Atlanta Trolley Tour Line

    by kop-queen Written Dec 27, 2009

    We had a few hours to spare during an unscheduled stop in Atlanta so this seemed an easy option to make the most of our time. The nice people at the Atlanta Visitor Centre were even kind enough to look after our hand luggage while we hopped on the bus.

    It is an hour and a half loop route which you can get on and off if you have more time to spare than we did. It takes in the National Museum of Patriotism/GA Aquarium/World of Coke, CNN Center, Underground Atlanta, Turner Feild, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetary, Martin Luther King Jr.Center, Downtown/Hyatt, Civic Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, High Museum of Art, Center for Puppetry Arts, Margaret Mitchell House, Varsity.

    Our driver was really good and interesting to listen to. I reckon if we had had a full day in the city it would have been really good to at least have gotten off to investigate a couple of the stops.

    Our Trolley Bus Tour Guide Check out the tornado damaged windows Really pretty housing
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    Hartsfield-Jackson’s Art Program

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    My hubby was impressed with all the lovely art pieces along the people mover and other areas of the airport. It makes it very pleasant to be able to focus on things so beautiful. He said it actual relax a little instead of being stress to get to his gate.

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    Barbara Miller Asher Square

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    Barbara M. Asher Square was established as a memorial by the Atlanta City Council January 27, 1997 and dedicated May 29, 1998.

    She was an Atlanta councilwoman from 1978-1995 that had been a driving force for downtown revitalization.

    "Architet For the Furture" Artist and Sculpture Teena Stern and Don Haugen

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    Henry W. Grady Statue

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The inscriptions on the statue reads:
    HENRY W. GRADY
    Journalist, Orator, Patriot, Editor of the Atlanta Constitution. Born Athens, Georgia, May 24th 1850. Died in Atlanta December 23rd 1889. Graduated at the State University in the year 1868. He never held or sought public office." "When he died he was literally loving a nation into peace.

    This hour little needs the loyalty that is loyal to one section and yet holds the other in enduring suspicion and estrangement. Give us the broad and perfect loyalty that loves and trusts Georgia alike with Massachusetts~that knows no South, no North, no East, no West; but endures with equal and patriotic love every foot of our soil, every State in our Union. Boston, December 1889

    The citizen standing in the doorway of his home - contended on his threshold - his family gathered about his hearthstone- while the evening of a well spent day closes in scenes and sounds that are dearest he shall save the republic when the drum taps is frugal. University of Virginia, June 23, 1880.

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    Atlanta From The Ashes Scultpure

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The plaques reads:

    This sculpture symbolizing
    Atlanta From The Ashes
    was presented to
    The City of Atlanta
    The Rich Foundation
    January 1969

    Atlanta From The Ashes", originally commissioned to
    celebrate the centennial of Rich's Department Store,
    was restored and relocated from the Spring Street
    viaduct to Woodruff Park as part of park improvements
    in October 1995.
    Original Designer Jim Seigler
    Foundry Gamba Quirino
    Restoration Bradberry Studios
    This work was made possible through the generous
    contributions of:
    The City of Atlanta
    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs

    CODA 1996
    The Corporation of Olympic Development in Atlanta

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    Gas Lamp 1856

    by Yaqui Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The Underground was the center of town and where much of its history began due to the railroad. There are many segments of history all through the Underground area that gives you an idea of what life was like during the 1880's.

    This gas lamp is one of 50 street lights erected by the Atlanta Gas Light Company in 1856. It stood at this location when Atlanta was being shelled by Union forces during the Civil War. Notice the hole in its base when it was struck by a cannonball.

    The Plaque reads:
    Erected Under the Auspices
    of the Old Guard
    and Atlanta Chapter U.D.C.
    A.D. 1919 in Memory of
    Andrew J. West
    beloved citizen
    Captain C.S.A. - General U.C.V

    The damage at the base of this lamp post
    was caused by a shell during the war
    between the states
    Battle of Atlanta
    July 22nd 1864

    The second Plaque reads:
    The Enternal Flame of the Confederacy
    Lighte during the "Gone with the Wind" festivities.
    December 14, 1939
    by the
    Old Guard Battalion
    of the Gate City Guard.

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    High Museum of Art

    by matamis78 Written Sep 25, 2009

    No stay in Atlanta is complete without a visit High Museum of Art - the Southeast’s largest art museum distinguished by the renowned architecture of Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Light-filled galleries showcase an inspiring permanent collection and masterful exhibitions from around the world, and the Greene Family Learning Gallery welcomes children of all ages. At High Museum of Art, experience Louvre Atlanta, on view through October 2009, featuring masterpieces from Paris’s Louvre Museum.

    My daughter love seeing the Portraits of many old artist. She enjoyed the first 2 floors. SHe was not into the modern Art.

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    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    by matamis78 Written Sep 25, 2009

    Sink your teeth into adventure at Atlanta’s home to dinosaurs! At Fernbank Museum of Natural History, come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe, and engage in a variety of hands-on exhibits.

    This was fun for the whole family. It was a small Museum.

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    Zoo Atlanta

    by matamis78 Written Sep 25, 2009

    REAL LIVE FUN. Your family stands eye-to-eye with nearly 1,000 of the world’s most amazing animals at one of Georgia’s most beloved destinations. Zoo Atlanta highlights include giant pandas and nationally-renowned collections of great apes. Don’t miss the Zoo train*, carousel*, petting zoo and playgrounds! Keeper talks and interactive wildlife shows run year-round. *Ride for a minimal fee.

    Small zoo. We went just to see the Panda's Took us about 1.5 hours to tour the whole zoo.

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    Inside CNN Studio Tour

    by matamis78 Written Sep 25, 2009

    Inside CNN Studio Tour

    Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide and get an up-close look at global news in the making. Inside CNN Studio Tour is a 55-minute guided walking tour offering guests exclusive, behind-the-scenes views of Atlanta's CNN studios and an exciting glimpse of newsgathering and broadcasting in action from the world headquarters of CNN, the Most Trusted Name in News.

    This is not so kid friendly. It was boring. And LOTS OF STAIRS!!!!!

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    governor's mansion

    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2009

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    the governor's mansion is located on west paces ferry road west of central buckhead. this beautiful greek revival mansion was built in 1967 and was designed by architect thomas bradbury. for information on tours of the mansion google "georgia governors mansion". the actual web site is too big for the VT link. or call 404-261-1776.
    since the civil war there were several previous governor's mansions in the atlanta area but sadly they all have been demolished.

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    Gateway of Dreams

    by grayfo Written Jun 10, 2009

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    This sculpture is a tribute to the French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937) who was the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The monument features the Olympic rings with the baron stepping through two Greek columns. As Coubertin once said, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part.”

    April 2009

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