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Pittsburgh (/ˈpɪtsbɜːrɡ/ PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.

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Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh

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A view of the field from upper-level seating
PNC Park is a major league baseball park located in Pittsburgh. It is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It opened during the 2001 Major League Baseball season, after the controlled implosion of the Pirates' previous home, Three Rivers Stadium. The ballpark is sponsored by the locally-based PNC Financial Services, which purchased the naming rights in 1998. PNC Park features a natural grass playing surface and seats 38,496 people for baseball, which as of 2008 is the second-smallest capacity of any Major League park.

Funded in conjunction with Heinz Field, the $216 million park stands along the Allegheny River, on the North Shore of Pittsburgh with a view of Downtown Pittsburgh. Plans to build a new stadium for the Pirates originated in 1991, but did not come to fruition for five years. Built in the style of "classic" stadiums, such as Boston's Fenway Park, PNC Park also introduced unique features, such as the use of limestone in the building's facade. The park also features a riverside concourse, steel truss work, an extensive out-of-town scoreboard, and many local eateries. Constructed faster than most modern stadiums, PNC Park was built in a 24-month span.

Since completion, PNC Park has been hailed as one of the best ballparks in the country. It has the third-cheapest average ticket prices of any MLB stadium and has helped attract business to surrounding establishments, though the Pirates have not had a winning season since they moved to the stadium. PNC Park hosted the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the fifth MLB All-Star Game held in Pittsburgh.

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Andy Warhol
Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), known as Andy Warhol, was a painter, printmaker, and filmmaker originally from Pittsburgh who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame". In his hometown of Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of his life and artwork and is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.

The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. The private transaction was reported in a 2009 article in The Economist, which described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market." $100 million is a benchmark price that only Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and Willem de Kooning have achieved.

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View of the Senator John Heinz History Center from Pittsburgh's Strip District
The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Named after the late U.S. Senator H. John Heinz III (1938–1991), it is located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

The Heinz History Center is a 275,000-square-foot (25,500 m2) educational institution "that engages and inspires a diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection". It includes six floors featuring five permanent exhibitions and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a Library and Archives, and changing exhibitions that tell the story of Western Pennsylvania. The center is houses in the century-old historic Chautauqua Lake Ice Company building.

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Duquesne Dukes
The Duquesne Dukes is the name of the athletic teams of Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh. Duquesne fields varsity teams in NCAA Division I in Atlantic 10 Conference and also fields Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football and more recently Women's Basketball. Dukes Football began in 1893 and had a rich history with two appearances in present day BCS bowls and five seasons in the top 25 AP Poll. More recently the FCS squad has claimed 11 MAAC titles.

Duquesne's most popular and successful sport though remains men's basketball, which plays games at the A. J. Palumbo Center and began play in 1914. Duquesne's men's basketball team has appeared in 21 postseason tournaments including the 1940 Final Four and made back-to-back appearances in the National Invitation Tournament in 1954 and winning it all in 1955. The basketball team has a major cross-town rivalry, termed the City Game, with the Pitt Panthers.

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