Among the many honors Boston calls its own is the world headquarters of the Christian Science Church. The Christian Science Center is an imposing office complex designed by I. M. Pei. Established in Boston by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, her original First Church of Christ, Scientist was enveloped by a domed Renaissance basilica. This Old World building was added to the site in 1906 and is an architectural gem of Romanesque design. The Christian Science Church Center is also home to one of the city's most fascinating and most visited attractions - the Mapparium, located within the Christian Science Publishing Society. A 30-foot stained-glass globe room in the lobby of the Christian Science Publishing Society gives one an 'inside view' of the world. Standing on the 30-foot glass bridge, which traverses the diameter of this large sphere, visitors can virtually be encompassed by the world. From pole to pole, you can journey through and explore the correct proportion and relationship of the earth's land and water areas. The colors of each of the 608 stained-glass panels mark 1935 political divisions, land, and water and are brightly illuminated by some 300 lights. Viewing clocks arranged on the equatorial meridian allow you to check time changes throughout the world. A tour of the enormous room can be completed in under a half-hour, but most are so impressed they lose all track of time. The Mapparium offers these unique perspectives and more and is the only one of its kind in the world. You don't have to be a believer to partake in one of the enjoyable tours of the 14-acre oasis located Boston's Back Bay and South End neighborhoods. Tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and explain the Church's beliefs. In addition to the Mother Church, the 28-story church administration building, and the Sunday School building, the complex is home to the offices of Monitor Radio and The Christian Science Monitor, both international, award-winning news services. 'A Light Unto My Path,' a non-denominational multi-media exhibit on Bible history is informative and worth a visit. You'll see an illuminated time-line, three-dimensional panoramic view of the Holy Land, and an impressionistic film. Many people enjoy relaxing along the sleek 670-foot reflecting pool on a nice day, where linden trees line the water and circular fountains spray skyward. Take your time exploring the grounds - it is a must-see for all ages.
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