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Once a Roman fort, Cardiff is a thriving modern city with a storied past. Set along the south-eastern coast of Wales, it became a major port for the coal industry in the 19th century and has continued to grow in significance. It was declared the capital of Wales in 1955 and has become the commercial capital of Wales and the 10th largest city in the UK. Cardiff is also the financial and business capital of Wales.
During the Middle Ages, the King of England, William I, began building a castle on the grounds of the old Roman fort. Built, altered, burned and rebuilt over the coming centuries, the castle has remained the centrepiece of the town and is a major attraction for tourists. Cardiff is also the site of many national institutions and facilities, including the Welsh Assembly and the Millennium Stadium. The recently-developed Cardiff bay also offers numerous site-seeing opportunities.