Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul is the capital and second most populous city of the US state of Minnesota. It is located on the north bank of the Mississippi River, at the confluence with the Minnesota River, and is adjacent to the city of Minneapolis, which is the largest in the country. These two cities make up the twin city of Minneapolis – Saint Paul with a total population of around 3 million. The area is called the Twin Cities and is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the US. Formerly ordinary provincial towns were transformed into metropolises over time.
According to iamaccepted, Saint Paul also serves as the county seat of Ramsey County, which is the smallest and least populated county in Minnesota. Saint Paul covers an area of 145.5 km2, has around 300 thousand inhabitants and a population density of 2100.6 inhabitants per square kilometer.
There are high-rise buildings in the center of the Twin Cities that look very imposing from a distance. All of them are connected by a system of closed glass passages, called “skyway” (way through the sky), usually at least at the level of the first floor above the streets, from which there is a good view of the street traffic. In Minneapolis, there is one of the first pedestrian zones in the United States called Nicollet Mall. In bad weather, you can hide in the Skyways, the glass passageways connecting all important objects, such as offices, shops or skyscrapers.
The most famous monuments near the center are the Cathedral of Saint Paul, James J. Hill House, City Hall, Museum of American Art, Science Museum of Minnesota, Walker Art Center and Landmark Center. The Walker Art Center is one of the ten most visited museums in America, dating back to 1927. It uses a three-hectare garden area where sculptures of all shapes and sizes will smile at you. The museum underwent modernization every quarter of a century. The metropolis preserves historical and often very interesting buildings, such as the State Capitol – a huge marble building and Fort Sneelling, built in 1825. In the summer months, when the influx of tourists is the largest, the typical American life of the old pioneers from the beginning of the 19th century is presented here. century. In the Twin City there is also the largest shopping mall in the world – Mall of America,
One of the attractions of the city is also the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which is located directly across from the modern art gallery Walker Art Center. The 11-acre garden is a joint project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Corporation. It is also the largest urban area of its kind in the entire country. The garden used to be connected to adjacent Loring Park, but construction of the I-94 freeway in the 1960s split the park in two.
The garden is a combination of a landscaped castle park with an exhibition hall, where we find modern sculptures from the 20th century, very diverse in style, in synergy with trees and shrubs. The most famous piece on display is the Spoonbridge and Cherry fountain – designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Also worth mentioning is the Cowles Conservatory, a greenhouse with tropical plants. Inside you will find other sculptures such as Standing Glass Fish, Frank Gehry. A pedestrian bridge, the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, designed by Siah Armajani crosses I-94 today, reconnecting the Sculpture Garden to Loring Park after many years.