Copley Square


Copley Square, in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, is one of the city’s most important gathering spots. The plaza is named after John Singleton, a well-known portrait painter who was born in Boston in 1738. Prior to 1883, it was known as Art Square because of the numerous cultural institutions in the area. The square has been proposed to be listed as an official Boston Landmark. Today, Copley Square features a John Singleton Copley Statue, Tortoise and Hare sculpture, water fountains, benches, and, on selected days, there are farmers’ markets.

Many iconic buildings and areas border Copley Square. Trinity Church to the east. The classic Copley Square Hotel to the south. The stunning Public Library, based on the palaces of Florence, is on the west. The north side opens onto Boylston Street and shops. The John Hancock building is just off the square.

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  • Address: St James Ave
  • Town: Boston
  • State: Massachusetts
  • GPS: Lat 42.34997 Lng -71.07609
  • Parking notes: There are many metered street parking spaces near Copley Square on Clarendon St, Newbury St, Boylston St, etc. Additionally, there are many parking garages in the area including the Clarendon Street Garage, Back Bay Garage and Prudential Center Parking Garage.
  • Parking directions: Multiple Street Options & Clarendon Street Garage (HERE)
  • Location directions: HERE


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