After the years of prosperity, the city entered a period of economic recession during the 1960-70s. When the city nearly recovered, Manchester suffered a further setback when in 1996 the Irish Republicans detonated a large bomb in a department store in the city centre. However, this sad event turned out to be the beginning of the city's regeneration. A huge amount of money and effort was put into rebuilding the center and other parts of the city. Manchester was transformed into a large modern metropolis with 21st-century style.
As it always happens with all great cities, it is the people who really make the place special. Mancunians have an attitude to life and a way of doing things their own way. They are known as friendly and open people with and an appetite for adventure (and a party).
Manchester today is a centre of art, higher education and commerce. The city boasts of interesting galleries and museums, such as the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry, the City Art Gallery and the Imperial War Museum North. By night, you can attend a show at one of theatrical and concert venues, like the Lowry or the Royal Exchange.
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