You'll find the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was incorporated into a city in 1888. However, even before this time, Belfast was already a cultural and political center in Northern Ireland or what they call the Ulster. While Belfast's economy was booming with its shipping, rope making and linen industries, so its population increased. Belfast has greatly contributed to Northern Ireland's Industrial Revolution. It was mainly because of the city of Belfast that Northern Ireland became one of the leading ship building cities in Europe. Belfast had the largest dry dock across the globe. In fact, the famous Titanic, the ship that met its tragic fate when it hit an iceberg in 1912, was built in Belfast. When the 19th and 20th centuries came, the city embraced architectural development. It had participated in the joining of the Victorian schools and the Edwardian schools. When Queen Victoria visited Belfast in the year 1849, several streets, universities, buildings, and even bridges were then named after the Queen. During that time, the political tension was very alarming. However, it was compensated by the city's determination to make progress, as seen in the waterfront Donegall Place. It has become a premier shopping zone of the city. Find out more about it and the other top attractions and tourist destinations in the city of Belfast.
The Donegall Square sits at the heart of the city. It has become the pulse of Belfast in terms of business, shopping, culture, and dining. The main feature of the Donegall Square is the City Hall. The Botanic Gardens is one of the beautiful landscapes in the city. Situated along University Road and Botanic Avenue, the Botanic Garden was established back in 1828. It sits on the banks of the River Lagan and it can be found next to the Queen's University. It features formal flowerbeds, pathways, trees, and a lovely Palm House. The Palm House is a Victorian greenhouse that has a lot of exotic and tropical plants. Some of these include cinnamon, ivory nut, rubber, coffee, sugarcane, and bird of paradise. The Queen's University along University Road features a number of historic buildings, particularly buildings with a Tudor-Revival architecture and style like that of Oxford's Magdalen College. The original buildings of Queen's University were designed back in the 19th century. It was the prominent architect Charles Lanyon who designed the lovely University. The main building was made of redbrick and sandstone. It has three-square towers and tall leaded windows with numerous crenellations. Its library is named after the poet Seamus Heaney who received a Nobel Prize in 1997. The Sinclair Seaman's Church is in Corporation Square. Another 19th century riverfront building, the famous architect Charles Lanyon also designed the Sinclair Seaman's Church. This church is a unique church that you should visit. The Church features a nautical theme. The church's pulpit is a ship's prow. Its organ has a starboard with port lights and its front has a binnacle. The collection plates of the church are shaped as lifeboats.
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