A simple village market turned symbol of independence.
Commercial and historical centre
Faneuil Hall is popularly referred to by locals as the Cradle of Liberty. Built between 1740 and 1742 by the artist John Smibert, it was designed in the style of a typical English market. Traditionally, it was used as a meeting place as well as a market. Its history is very closely linked to the Patriot uprisings against the British, being the site of various key speeches in favour of independence. Is it part of the Boston National Historical Park and was classified as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Today, it is part of a larger complex known popularly as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace; a modern shopping centre and food hall.