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Belfast Historic Exciting and Diverse.
Belfast is the Emerald Isle’s second largest city and is known the world over. It traces its beginnings back to the early 17th century, leaving the city with a long and proud history that has witnessed large-scale industrial growth but also conflict and division. A lot of what has happened in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is well-known, but surprisingly, a lot has happened in Belfast city across its history that remains largely unknown.
Belfast was granted city status in 1888 by Queen Victoria, and the City Hall was built 18 years later to mark Belfast’s prominence. It was made a town in the 17th century, and its growth from then on led it to become big enough to earn its status as a city.