Philadelphia - Sister Cities

Sister Cities

Philadelphia has seven official sister cities, as designated by the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia (IVC):

City Country Date
Florence Italy 1964
Tel Aviv Israel 1966
Toruń Poland 1976
Tianjin People's Republic of China 1980
Incheon South Korea 1984
Douala Cameroon 1986
Nizhny Novgorod Russia 1992

Philadelphia also has three partnership cities:

City Country Date
Kobe Japan 1986
Abruzzo Italy 1997
Aix-en-Provence France 1999

Philadelphia has dedicated landmarks to its sister cities. Dedicated in June 1976, the Sister Cities Plaza, a site of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) located at 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, honors Philadelphia's relationships with Tel Aviv and Florence which were its first Sister Cities. Another landmark, the Toruń Triangle, honoring the Sister City relationship with Toruń, Poland, was constructed in 1976, west of the United Way building at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In addition, the Triangle contains the Copernicus monument. Renovations were made to Sister Cities Park in mid-2011 and on May 10, 2012, SCP was reopened and currently features an interactive fountain honoring Philadelphia's ten sister and friendship cities, a café and visitor's center, children's play area, outdoor garden, and boat pond, as well as pavilion built to environmentally friendly standards.

The Chinatown Gate, erected in 1984 and crafted by artisans of Tianjin, China, stands astride the intersection of 10th and Arch Streets as an elaborate and colorful symbol of the Sister City relationship. The IVC of Philadelphia has participated in the U.S. Department of State's "Partners for Peace" project with Mosul, Iraq, as well as accepting visiting delegations from dozens of other countries.

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