Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Downtown Charlotte NC

So the day after the North Carolina Renaissance Faire we decided to check out down town Charlotte. We planned to go to the Children's Discovery Museum while we were there. We checked out of the hotel at 10 and headed downtown. There was no parking very close to the museum so we parked a few blocks away at the Marriott hotel parking garage for $5. Watch for the cost of parking because we passed many lots that was $10 and $15 parking for the day!

It was a Sunday so they didn't open until noon. So we had some time to walk around and look at the "Big City". We are from a very little country town so this was a big city to us.
 

I don't know the names of these buildings but they are MANY stories high and so SHINY!
The tallest one is the Bank of America Corporate Center-60 stories high.

Here are some more shiny things.
This one was in the front of a bank.
Here is a beautiful Door, I believe it was to the SunTrust Bank. It had so many pictures embossed into it. Look at all the symbols.

  Plaque and Crest


Next was the Il Grande Disco
Why all the Golden stuff?Here is a little history of the city:
Charlotte was founded in 1768 during the reign of King George III of England. To win favor of the crown, the city was named in honor of his wife Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany. This statue honors Queen Charlotte, the namesake for the “Queen City".
In the center of town was four statues each standing about 25 feet tall, representing elements that have contributed to the growth of the city: commerce, transportation, industry and the future. History says the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was read by Thomas Polk on the courthouse steps at Trade and Tryon on May 20, 1775.(Here are three of them)
 
Here is a site with a little more history of the town. I will make a second post for the Random pics and Museum.

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