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The Upsurging City of Belfast, Northern Ireland

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The Upsurging City of Belfast, Northern Ireland

With a 2001 population of 277,000 Belfast is the capital as well as the largest city in Northern Ireland, which is a country included in the United Kingdom. Belfast is located on Northern Ireland's east coast at the end of Belfast Lough alongside the River Lagan, and is surrounded by scenic hillsides.

Belfast suffered greatly as a result of the Troubles, an extended period of violent conflict between the native Catholics and the immigrant Protestants lasting approximately 30 years from the late 60s to the late 90s. Although some violence has continued in a sporadic manner, many consider that the Belfast Agreement of 1998 put an end to this period. Since then, the city has experienced a rapid regeneration as Belfast is engaged in many transformations, notably the Cathedral Quarter, which is rapidly becoming Belfast's main cultural and tourist area. Other areas seeing new vigor and life are the circular Waterfront Hall and Odyssey complex by the river, and very notably Victoria Square.

Some of the most remarkable architectural structures in Belfast are the Edwardian and Victorian buildings such as the prodigious City Hall, the Royal Courts of Justice building, the Ulster Bank building and the Northern Bank building.

Belfast is a city of parks, and has over 40 of them. The most notable among them is  Botanic Gardens which had 700,000 visitors in 2005, and features a cast iron glasshouse built in 1840, one of the earliest ever built. There is also a Tropical Ravine in the park as well as many public events, concerts and rose gardens. Cavehill Country Park is the site of Belfast Castle, where you can enjoy great views of Belfast Lough and the city.

The Belfast Zoo is one of the top tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, with nearly 300,000 visitors a year. The Belfast Zoo is one of the few local government-funded zoos in Ireland and the UK. The zoo houses more than 1200 animals, including a Red Panda.

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