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Cell block 4

By Cookie_Monster  
A good day to you all!

Spent the last 2 days on Philadelphia, hence no images and no votes.

One of the main reasons for the visit was to see the most amazing place that is the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Operational from 1829 to 1971, it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected (in the US I assume), and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide.
The Quaker-inspired idea formed by 'The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons' was not to simply punish but to have criminals become genuinely penitent. In order to achieve this they were put in solitary confinement for the entire time of their sentence. Prisoners wore hoods upon their arrival and whenever they were allowed outside their cell. The cell contained nothing but a bed, a table, a toilet and a bible. Light came from a skylight (the light of God).
Solitary confinement ended not based on heavy criticism but for overcrowding in 1913.
Read more here

And as it is one of the most haunted places I thought I'll leave the ghosts where they are. Grin


Tags: Architecture Digitally manipulated Esp Landscape and travel Eastern state penitentiary

Voters: ColleenA, NDODS, cabbie and 26 more

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ColleenA Plus
5 350 5 Australia
15 Apr 2014 5:46PM
Oh wow, what a shot...a grim reminder that crime doesn't pay....great information....well captured...

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7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 5:49PM
Stark and foreboding imagery which really hits home...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Apr 2014 8:34PM
Amazing story and a poignant shot of this place!
capto Plus
5 4.9k 8 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 8:35PM
A powerful image with fascinating info.Smile

Beautiful lighting xx
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 11:34PM
Great narrative, definately not a good place to end up in. Excellent picture of this foreboding place Christine.
Beautiful perspective and colour. An interesting photo.
16 Apr 2014 3:59PM
great shot

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