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Up this week, the gorgeous MIT Chapel.
In this installment of our Architecture Walking Tours, we head across the river to MIT’s campus. We upped the distance to 1.5 miles this time! MIT has an incredible collection of architecture, from contemporary structures to mid-century modern innovations so this will be a fun walk!
I invite you to walk along the line of the map I provided, and you will get to see some interesting hidden streets and buildings along the way and encounter many more sites than I pinned on the map. The yellow pins are buildings over the 1.5 mile distance, but not by far! MIT also has a remarkable collection of artwork; green pins are outdoor sculptures.
You can print out the map, or use it on your smart phone. Using Safari to get access to Google Maps on your Android or iPhone will be the best way to follow the map on your phone.
It looks like I may need to make a second MIT walking tour so please let me know
if I missed any of your favorite sites!
Start at MBTA Bus Line Route 1 at 77 Massachusetts Ave
MIT Chapel: Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1955, this is one of my favorite structures in the Boston area because the space is absolutely breathtaking. The MIT chapel was created as a non-denominational place of worship to reflect. The building has a beautiful metal sculpture that filters light down from the skylight in the center of the Chapel.
According to the newly released QS World University Rankings announced today, our very own Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the No. 1 ranked university in the world. The Cambridge university, home to such splendors as the MIT Media Lab and numerous award winning professors, out dueled a university from a different Cambridge — The University of Cambridge across the pond in England.
Harvard was a in the top five ranks as well, grabbing No. 3 on the list behind the University of Cambridge but ahead of three other London-based centers of higher learning: University College London, Imperial College London and Oxford University (Nos. 4-6, respectively).
Only one other Boston-based school was able to snake its way into the top 100 listings.