population of 280,000, is Wales' capital city. A major administrative,
business, cultural and shopping centre, it is largely a creation of
the 19th and early 20th centuries when it became the busiest coal-exporting
port in the world. Yet Cardiff has a history spanning 2,000 years, reflected
in a city-centre castle which was founded in Roman times, became a Norman
stronghold, and was transformed into a glittering mansion in the 19th
century by Lord Bute, the wealthy owner of Cardiff's booming docklands.
Nearby is the neo-Classical Civic Centre, an architecturally magnificent
collection of white-stoned buildings (which include the National Museum
of Wales) set in parklands.
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