I am still recovering from our most recent trip to Massachusetts. We planned and did so much my feet were a bit swollen at the end of each day. lol. Needless to say, MA is a place full of history, delicious food, and awesome gem-like places- like The Mapparium. I am not entirely sure why it’s not more popular, seriously. Look at the photos, though they don’t do the place much justice AT ALL. The Mapparium is one of those places you can admire best in person and not photographs. The place truly is magnificent and one of a kind.
The Mapparium is located inside Mary Baker Eddy library and it’s only viewable through a guided tour. It consists of a stained glass globe with a bridge that takes viewers from one end of it to the other. The globe is lit with eco-friendly LED lights that change colors throughout the tour. The spherical shape of the globe allows you to whisper from one end of the bridge to the other: the sound travels in a circular form outwards from the right and the left of the globe and ends at the other end of the bridge. Read below for more details about The Mapperium. Nevertheless, this place is a place you have to experience live. I mean, how often does anyone get to walk inside an LED-lit world globe? 😀
- The Mapparium is a three floor stained glass globe.
- It took 3 years to built, finalizing building in 1935
- The world map showcased on the globe is the world map as they knew it in 1935.
- In 1960 The Mapparium was recognized as a historical work of art, prohibiting anyone from making any changes.
- The first renovation of The Mapparium happened in 1998: new lights and incredible sound system was installed.
- The shape of The Mapparium creates strange sound effects.
For more information about The Mapparium visit: www.marybakereddylibrary.org
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