Historically interesting places
Andersonville National Historic Site
The Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville (short: NHS) is a former U.S. POW camp in Macon County in western central Georgia, which was listed in 1970. The camp is also known as Camp Sumper or the Andersonville Prison. On the one hand, the National Historic Site – the memorial – includes a prisoner of war museum, a victim memorial and a national cemetery. The camp was operated between 1864-1865 and held a total of around 40,000 people prisoner during its service life, even though it was only designed for a capacity of 10,000 people. Around 13,000 prisoners died of malnutrition, illness and torture in just one year.
Opening times: daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta
On January 15, 1929, the son of Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King Senior was born in a small house on 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Her son, Martin Luther King Junior, later became known as a civil rights activist who campaigned for the rights of African-Americans in the United States for a lifetime and lost his life in the fight against oppression – on April 4, 1968 he was shot in Memphis. To commemorate him, his parents’ house was listed in 1980 and can be visited daily. The Martin Luther King Junior Memorial in the Sweet Aburn Historic District includes his childhood home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where Martin Luther King Senior and Junior preached, a museum about the American Civil Rights Movement, and a souvenir shop.
Opening hours: Daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is located between Georgia in the north and Tennessee in the east. The park commemorates two major battles during the American Civil War in 1869: the Battle of Chickamauga (Georgia) and the Chattanooga Campaign (Tennessee). The park was built in 1890 and covers an area of almost 33 km². During the Spanish-American War (1898) it was also used as a training camp for the troops stationed in the south. Today the park includes the Chicamauga Battlefield with its numerous monuments, time tables and exhibitions, the Missionary Ridge and the famous Lookout Mountai, a small mountain range that gives a view of the entire area, as well as the Moccasin Bend directly on the Tennessee River.
opening hours: Daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Special buildings and structures
Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta
Georgia State Capitol, located in Washington Street 206 in Atlanta, was built in 1898 and is the seat of government in the state. It is Georgia’s landmark and is administered by the National Register of Historic Places. The main government and administrative offices and a museum are located on the fourth floor. It combines elements of the Renaissance and Neoclassicism and was designed by the architects Edbrooke and Burnham. Architecturally, like many other government buildings, the building is reminiscent of the United States Capitol in Washington DC. Its golden dome, which seems to rise above the roofs of the city, is particularly attractive. The museum encompasses all types of art related to Georgia’s history and serves, among other things, as an educational center for the culture of the state.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Atlanta City Hall
Atlanta City Hall is located on Mitchell Street near the Capitol Building. It is the headquarters of the city administration and was built in 1930. The large box-shaped building in the Gothic Revival style was designed by G. Lloyed Preacher and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. But not only the magnificent facade is worth a visit, tourists are particularly interested in the fifth floor of the building: the first green terrace in the southeastern United States. It was developed by a number of environmentalists, city planners, gardeners and designers and is intended to set an example of the “green thinking” of the state. It is accessible to everyone and offers its visitors the perfect balance to relax briefly from the stress of the city and enjoy a piece of nature.
Opening times: daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Big Chicken fast food restaurant is a 17 m high steel structure in the shape of a chicken in Marietta, Cobb County. The real oak of the city was built in 1957 by the local architect Hubert Puckett as a marketing idea based on the idea of its owner Tubby Davis. This has paid off. The specialty of the restaurant, now part of the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain, is its motor skills. Depending on the wind, its direction and the speed, the chicken – driven by a rotor – moves its eyes, comb and beak. And although it had to be closed briefly in the 90s, it is now fully functional again and visitors can enjoy their chicken burger there in peace. Big Chicken is located directly between Cobb Parkway and Rosewell Road.
Nations Bank Plaza
The Nations Bank Plaza, also known as the Bank of America Plaza, is a skyscraper in Atlanta. With its 312 m, it is the largest house in the USA outside of New York and Chicago and number 53 of the tallest buildings worldwide. The skyscraper was completed in 1992 and now has 55 floors, which include offices of NationsBank and Troutman Sanders, an international law firm. The Plaza building in postmodern style is compared architecturally with the Messeturm in Frankfurt am Main. It is also lovingly called tower in the park because it is located in the middle of a green, urban park. By the way, the square meter costs almost 3,800 euros, the total value is around 555 million euros.
CNN Center in Atlanta
When the Omni International Complex was built in 1976 for $ 80 million, it was hoped it would be the largest entertainment and entertainment center in the South. Ignore it: the crisis of the seventies. The plans to turn the complex into an office building, shopping mall, hotel, figure skating rink and several restaurants failed. 9 years later, after Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. bought the center, a new era began for the building. Today’s CNN Center is the main broadcasting center for TBS and CNN and is located right in the heart of the city on 190 Marietta Street. During daily tours, you can marvel at the huge, technologically advanced complex, which includes a hotel, several restaurants and shops.
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of the largest airports in the United States. It is self-governed by the city of Atlanta and is located less than 10 miles south of the state capital. 15.09.1926 the first airplane landed in Candler Field (former name of the airport – named after the Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler and once mayor of Atlanta) and the airport has grown enormously since then. Especially during the Second World War, it also functioned as an air force base and main airport for the United States, which already had more than 1 million passengers in 1948. Today, there are around 90 million, making Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, with its 196 gates, the number one in the world’s largest passenger population.
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot
Built in 1869, the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot is the oldest building in downtown Atlanta. It was built 4 years after the Civil War by Corput and Bass, who architecturally contributed significantly to the reconstruction of the city. The red brick building once served as the state’s main freight station, it was opened to the public in 1981. Today receptions, weddings and special occasions are held in the large cargo hold, because the original masonry convinces with a unique charisma. The room has a capacity for 800 – 1,300 visitors.
Davenport House in Savannah
The Davenport House Museum is a historic Savannah site managed by the Historic Savannah Foundation – a well-known national foundation in Georgia that is committed to protecting and preserving historic sites. The completion of Davenport House was completed in 1820 by Isaiah Davenport, who set a milestone in local art. And although the history of the Davenport House is characterized by neglect, the aesthetics of the building have been preserved to this day. This is not least due to the new conservation renaissance initiated by the Historic Savannah Foundation. Since its foundation in 1955, the foundation has rescued several hundred houses in Savannah and throughout Georgia and has given them a loving restoration – their first challenge: the Davenport House. The success is impressive. Today, the house is also the foundation’s main office, but also a museum and landmark for restoration work in Georgia.
Owens-Thomas House in Savannah
The Owens-Thomas House is a sophisticated house in Savannah that is operated by the Telflair Museum of Art as a historic house museum. It is located on 124 Abercorn Street and was listed in 1976. The house from 1816 combines features of the early Republican and English regent architecture. It was built by William Jay, an English architect from Bath, England, who wanted to make the house aesthetically compatible with those of his home. The name of the house comes from the local politician and lawyer George Welshman-Owen, who bought the villa in 1830 for around USD 10,000. Thanks to the loving restoration, the sophistication and elegance of the house have been preserved to this day and can be admired every day.
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