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20 February 2015

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Belfast (or Béal Feirste in Irish) is the capital city of the North of Ireland and is situated at the head of Belfast Lough. The City was once famous for its shipbuilding industry, notably Harland and Woolff, who built the RMS Titanic. In the past Belfast was also the centre of the Irish Linen industry and had a thriving rope making industry. The population of Greater Belfast stands at approximately 600,000.

Welcome sign on the road into Knynsa
BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast


The gallery takes us on quick tour of the centre of Belfast. The first picture is of BBC Northern Ireland's headquarters, Broadcasting House, situated near to the centre of the city.

Queen's University is the second oldest university in Ireland and was originally established in 1845. The gallery picture is of the main campus in the south of the city and has approximately 24,000 students.

Belfast City Hall celebrated it's 100 year anniversary in 2006. Interestingly thhe city hall in Durban, South Africa is almost an exact replica of Belfast City Hall. Durban's city hall was built in 1910 and the designer, Stanley G. Hudson, was inspired by the Belfast design. You can take an online virtual tour here >>.

St Anne's Cathedral was built in stages, the foundation stone was laid in 1899 and the final section, the North Transept, was only completed in 1981. Each Christmas time the 'Black Santa', the Dean of the Cathedral, sits outside the Cathedral for a number of days and nights to raise money for charity. Since the tradition began in 1976 £2.2million has been raised for charity.

The circular Waterfront Hall concert and exhibition centre was completed in 1998. It is situated in the heart of the newly rejuventated Laganside area and the sculpture of 'Sheep on the Road' has become a popular local landmark.

The Albert Memorial Clock, completed in 1870, is 113 feet high, made of sandstone and is famous for its lean. The clock was built on wooden piles on marshy, reclaimed land around the River Farset and the top of the tower now leans four feet off the vertical. It has been given the nickname of Belfast's "Leaning Tower of Pisa".


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