Welcome to Baltimore

Fun Baltimore Facts

  • Famed slugger and left handed pitcher, Babe Ruth is a Baltimore native

  • Johns Hopkins founded the nations' first research university here in 1876

  • Standing in our Inner Harbor is the world's tallest pentagonal building, The Baltimore World Trade Center

  • Baltimore is home to the Baltimore Ravens, who hold two Superbowl titles

  • Baltimore is the site of the nation's first Roman Catholic archdiocese, founded in 1789. Also we claim the nation's first major cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to our national anthem as he watched the flag wave at Fort McHenry in 1812.

  • Michael Phelps, or the "Baltimore Bullet" stands as the most decorated Olympian of all time

  • The USS Constellation, the very last Civil War ship still floating—as well as the last sail-operated warship built by the Navy—is docked in our Inner Harbor

  • Our state bird is the Baltimore Oriole, also the name of our baseball team

  • French artist Henri Matisse lived in Maryland, and the world's largest collection of his works is housed at the Baltimore Museum of Art

  • Jazz greats Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway both hail from Baltimore

  • Our native son, Edgar Allen Poe wrote The Raven, which is why our football team is named The Baltimore Ravens