It is hard to imagine that Cardiff used to be one of the great powerhouses of the British Empire with all its vast amounts of exploiting and exporting coal from Valleys nearby and steel from the South Wales. It happened so that in the last quarter of the 20th century all these industries almost died and there were no optimistic prospective for any further development of the region. But the government and the European Union offered great support and significant encouragement that resulted in looking for new ways for the region development as there are still things to offer.
Is you decide to visit Cardiff do not expect to see something great and sophisticated that is a usual characteristic of capitals. The city was recognized as a capital only officially but it still remained a small town.
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