BELFAST a capital which looks at the future
Belfast is the North Ireland capital: it quickly developed its industry during the XVIII and XIX centuries. From Belfast port sailed all over the world passengers and merchant ships with goods such as the famous Irish whiskey and the prized linen which its industry produced. The naval industry was so technologically advanced that Harland and Wolff shipyard built the biggest and unfortunate transatlantic at the age: the Titanic. Architects such as Lanyon, Lynn and Barre built the most important buildings of the town which still now characterize Belfastís town-planning. After the tragic events of 1969, which saw the opposite factions of Catholics and Protestants to lead to violent fights, Belfast and the North Ireland live now a period of developing and new perspectives. Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board have appointed an international team of specialists to draw up plans for a world-class visitor attraction based on both Titanic and Belfastís wider industrial heritage. After a hundred years the Titanicís tragedy becomes a positive incentive for a new cultural and touristic development of the town.
(Text on request by Gianni Perotti)
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