Back Bay, Boston

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    Copley Plaza

    by garridogal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A nice spot, in the center of the city to sit down, people watch and enjoy the good weather while we have it. In the Summer there are weekly Classical Music and Rock concerts.

    The church is currently being worked on, however, I believe it's still open to the public. It has a square Cupola. You don't see that ever day. Oh, and it's just covered in Gargoyles and other neat carvings!

    La Plaza
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    Trendy neighborhood

    by Helga67 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Back bay was built on a stretch of land that was once a smelly marsh. Now it is a bustling neighborhood with beautiful brownstone houses in Commonwealth avenue, trendy restaurants, fashionable shops in Newbury Street and a lovely square "Copley Square", where you can sit down on a sunny day and look at the two tallest buildings of Boston, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower. Two other buildings on the square that are architectural treasures are the Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.

    Copley Square Public Library New Old South Church Commonwealth avenue Trinity Church/John Hancock Tower
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    Back BAy Area

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I did not venture to far into this area because it seemed "seedy" started to walk into the theater/opera house district; part of the BAy area. Then I realized that the culture of the people on the streets appeared to be not want you would relate to theater. Hip hop and low hanging pants and showing off with the shuffle is not for me. I moved on. The city should do something about the potential "powder keg" for the this area, but I heard it is norm and not much can be done. No reason to tour back here.

    Back Bay is S/west of Boston Common Back Bay to the west on map
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    "Cornucopia of Ugly"

    by mrdarius Updated Jun 13, 2003

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    This is only a must see activity because this regards my alma mater Boston University. Stroll around BU's campus (mainly on Commonwealth Ave. from Kenmore Square to Packard's Corner) and admire the uniformly unattractive architecture.

    The title for this tip comes from my first tour of BU while looking at it as a "prefrosh." Apparently, some architecture magazine described BU as a "cornucopia of ugly." Little did I know then that one day I would use that joke as a tour guide myself, and that it is very true.

    BU Law: the most beautiful law school in the world

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    Trinity Church

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 8, 2010

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    Trinity Church is definitely one of Boston's must-see buildings for its glorious architecture designed by Henry Richardson along Romanesque lines and completed in 1871. The church is considered one of America's 10 finest buildings.

    In terms of size, Trinity Church is no match against those in Europe. What it lacks in size is made up for in its beautiful interiors - delicate stained glass windows, well-crafted bas reliefs - and intricate exteriors sumptuously embellished with sculptures of saints and other biblical figures. The red-tiled bell tower is said to have been inspired by the Renaissance cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.

    Reflection against a modern Boston building The altar features 7 windows depicting Christ Delicate stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones The church is situated on busy Copley Square Intricate exterior bas reliefs
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    Boston Public Library

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Across Copley Square from Trinity Church is another must-see Boston sight of a rather secular in nature - the Boston Public Library. Its status as the first metropolitan public library in the USA speaks volumes about Boston's inherent affection for knowledge, the motto "Free to All" above the entrance, a powerful declaration of the belief that knowledge is a public good, and therefore be made accessible to everyone.

    Inside, you'd be amazed at the workmanship of the murals, and marble and wood, thanks mainly to the highly skilled Italian workers who built the palazzo style building. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring is the high barrel-vaulted ceiling in the main reading room - the Bates Hall. The feeling of space and freedom of movement is overwhelming.

    Bates Hall is most awe-inspiring Murals on the main staircase More murals at the Boston Public Library The tranquil center court One of sculptures at the entrance
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    The view from the Pru

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For sublime views of Boston, Prudential Center (a.k.a The Pru) in Back Bay is the place to go. Its Skywalk observatory on the 50th floor offers 360-degree views of this beautiful city, including the Emerald Necklace, an 8-kilometer stretch of parkland and greenery that includes the Boston Common and the Public Garden.

    At the time of my visit, half of the Skywalk - with views of Cambridge and Fenway Park :( - was closed to public visitors for some private event. The only consolation was that entrance was 50% off.

    More pictures from the Pru in the travelogue, View from the Pru.

    Gorgeous fall colors on Charles River A portion of genteel Back Bay Boston Common and Public Garden on foreground New Old South Church on Boylston St Freeways cut through the city

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    Newbury Street

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Arguably, Newbury St is Boston's most fashionable lane. It is lined with both a mix of well-known brand stores as well as quirky local favorites, as well as dozens of cafes and restaurants and galleries. From the looks of it, this is the haunt of Boston's old rich. It is sad, however, to see that the credit crunch has not spared Newbury St. Some stores had closed down, while others look like they are on the way to going out of business.

    Even if you are not a serious shopper like me, Newbury St is still worth seeing for the architecture and for the cafes and the restaurants.

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    New Old South Church

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The name may sound confusing and a struggle to maintain an identity, but there is no struggling about the thought that this is one of Back Bay's unmissable landmarks. Constructed along Italian-Gothic lines, it got its name as a sequel to the Old South Meeting House when its congregation moved to Back Bay in 1874. There are regular jazz worship services open to the public, which would have been interesting, but I didn't get the chance to attend one.

    New Old South Church from the Pru The church is an example of Italian-Gothic style The church is just around the corner on Copley Sq The entrance is intricately embellished enough
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    Wonderful Neighborhood

    by jasperdo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If I had to live in Boston, I would definately pick the Back Bay. It may not have the quirkyness of The North End, or the historic beauty of Beacon Hill, but it more than makes up for that with style and charm. It's the newest of the Downtown Boston neighborhoods...if you can call 1850 new. It was built on landfill, primarily the leftover dirt from when some of the hills on Beacon Hill were leveled. As a result, the Back Bay has straight, level streets, which is a rarity in Boston. And rising from the landfill is block after block after block of elegent brownstones. Stand on Beacon Street, or Marlborough Street, or Commonwealth Avenue, and the Back Bay brownstones march down the street for as far as the eye can see.

    The Back Bay is bordered by the Best of Boston as well. Go north and you come to the Charles River Esplanade. Head east and you wind up in The Public Gardens. South takes you to Newbury Street and Copley Square. And to the west is legendary Fenway Park. Anyway you look at it, the Back Bay is one special place.

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    Trinity Church

    by genki44 Written Sep 9, 2003

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    Trinity Church is a beautiful, old and unique church in Boston. Located in the Back Bay across the street from the Copley Public Library (another great place to visit) and right next to the modern skyscraper, the John Hancock buiding.

    I highly recommend taking one of the 90 minute guided tours of the church and visiting. The stained glass windows, the architecture, as well as learing about the history of the church are all wonderful.

    Founded before the American Revolution., Trinity is an Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion (Church of England), with approximately 3,700 member households.

    Trinity Church was constructed in 1877, and at the time was considered a very unique and different style of American architecture. It's style was termed, "Richardsonian Romanesque" after its designer.

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    Back Bay/Newbury Street

    by tvor Written May 22, 2003

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    This area of Boston was all water and swamp 150 years ago but was filled in and by the late 1870's it was a new development. The streets here are wider and straighter than downtown in the older sections. Lots of turn of the 20th century mansions which, on Newbury Street are turned into shops and cafes. Newbury street has exclusive boutiques at one end growing increasingly funkier as you go along. Each street that crosses starts with a letter of the alphabet in sequence and the day I was there, someone was attaching bright balloons to each corner with that letter on it.

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  • Finagle a Bagel World Headquarters – Free Factory

    by foodlover143 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    77 Rowe Street
    Auburndale, Mass 02466
    617-213-8400
    Free Tour of Finagle’s Bagel-Making Facilities
    Tour our facility and see the bagel dough being made fresh every day. Enjoy our self-guided tour through the facility and learn the histories of both the bagel itself and Finagle a Bagel. From our start in Faneuil Hall in 1982 as Julian’s Cheesecakes, Inc. to our new bakery & dough facility and retail locations today, you will see how we have grown, our connection to the community, how we make the words best bagles, and what makes us one of the best places to eat in Boston for fresh sandwiches, bagels, soups and salads.
    Self guided tours are available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 2 pm. The best times to view mixing are on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and the best times to view baking are on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
    Groups are welcome to a free guided tour of the facility by contacting us in advance to set up an appointment, 617-213-8428
    Bagels are available for purchase from the factory at 77 Rowe St. in Newton by the bag (of six-one flavor per bag) from 1pm – 4pm. $3.00 per bag.
    Bagel flavors are subject to availability and may only be available frozen. Cash only.


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    1-Day Boston: Back Bay

    by sfwinegirl Written Sep 11, 2009

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    The Back Bay neighborhood runs along the Charles River on the opposite side of Cambridge. This trendy neighborhood contains upscale shopping, boutiques, art galleries, and fabulous restaurants. The area is home to Copley Place, Prudential Center and The John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and shopping along Newbury Street.

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    Gentility in the Back Bay Neighborhood

    by yooperprof Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I can just imagine the character of Charlotte Vale in the film "Now Voyager" living in one of these proper Bostonian mansions. This neighborhood has done a wonderful job of preserving its characteristic appeal for well over a hundred years.

    John Hancock rises in the background
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