The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” are two of the most popular tourist attractions in Philadelphia.
The Rocky Statue is a larger-than-life bronze sculpture immortalizing the fictional character who has become the city's unofficial underdog mascot, the inspirational tale of a boxer, Rocky Balboa. Originally created for the movie Rocky III in 1982, this statue has become one of Philadelphia’s most famous pieces of public art.
In the original Rocky movie, the fictional boxer, Rocky, ended his morning run with an ascent up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This ascent has become symbolic of the city of Philadelphia and its residents, representing that an underdog can become a champion through hard work, determination, and hustle. Every year, tens of thousands of people make the same trek up the 72 "Rocky Steps," making it one of the world's most famous movie locations.
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