Sunday, February 10, 2008

Eastern State Penitentiary

Opened in 1829, this controversial prison was based on a Quaker principal of repentance through isolation and hard labor. Prisoners were allowed little human contact and encouraged to silently reflect on their crimes. The radially designed complex spawned over 300 other prisons worldwide. Closed in 1971, the massive buildings and grounds decayed and are now a popular tourist spot, especially at Halloween.

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