PITTSBURGH. THE STEEL CITY INDUSTRIAL CHARM
Even though Pittsburgh is known as the Steel City, it would be a huge mistake to consider this amazing American landmark a purely industrial place. After all, the city was founded in 1758, so it has to offer way more than a couple dozen skyscrapers with Google, Facebook and Apple offices. Its rich history can be traced everywhere – from beautiful old streets to amazing historic museums. All in all, despite its industrial reputation, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer when it comes to culture and history. Attractions like Andy Warhol Museum, University of Pittsburgh with Cathedral of Learning are only a few worth mentioning. So here I’m sharing with you guys the next spot from my ongoing # East Coast Tour 2017!
how it was and how it felt
Pittsburgh Heinz Factory
University of Pittsburgh
Probably, one of the most prominent sights in the city, the University of Pittsburgh traces back to 1787. This simple fact makes Pittsburgh University one of the oldest educational establishments in the US. Its current name was given in 1908, and in 1966 the university became a part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.
Due to its impressive history, a walk around the campus will be simply amazing. After all, Pittsburg Observatory is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the campus has a lot of impressive sights in the vicinity. Should you choose to go, make sure to stop by Carnegie Museum buildings, Forbes Field, Frick School, and of course — Botanic Gardens.
Cathedral of Learning
Andy Warhol Museum
One more site you definitely should not overlook in Pittsburgh. In North America, this is the largest museum dedicated exclusively to one artist. And — let’s be completely honest — the pop art icon Andy Warhol deserves it!
Plans for building the museum were announced 2.5 years after Warhol’s death and, since that time, the building got over $80 million worth of donations. Today, this industrial warehouse contains over a thousand of Warhol’s works, estimated roughly at $55 million.
The building features seven floors and an underground, and you can visit it every day, except Wednesday and Monday. All of the seven floors are thematically organized, where the highest one is dedicated to the early years of artist’s work; the sixth one is exclusively for Warhol works from the 1960s; the fifth one is for the 1970s, etc. — you’ll see the point when you get there.
Steel city Outdoors
If you are looking for something casual, take a stroll in one of the Pittsburgh parks. Point State Park and Schenley Park definitely deserve a shot. Finally, do not forget that apart from the ‘Steel City,’ Pittsburgh has another nickname — the City of Bridges. Currently, there are 446 of them, and each one can be a fantastic spot for a selfie.