Birmingham - From origins to the present day
Although not the most popular cities in the UK, Birmingham is without any doubt the most populous after London. According to the 2004 estimates it hosts a population of around 992,000 inhabitants.
Administratively it is part of the West Midlands including other urban areas of considerable importance as Coventry.
Birmingham is a multiethnic and multicultural city so that about 30% of its inhabitants are not of European origin; This is divided in fact among people of Asian, African and African American.
The city's history begins thousands of years ago when the area was occupied by the Anglo-Saxon farming populations. With the arrival Roman Empire, the city was transformed into a military agglomeration and roads were built, strong, camps. With the return of the barbarian peoples, around the Middle Ages, the city returned to being a simple country village.
To facilitate the transport of raw materials starting from 1760, it was built a vast network of canals (later expanded in 1820), which compared it to the famous Venice.
The most critical period for Birmingham was during World War II because of the many bombings and later during the seventies. On 21 November 1974 the famous Irish Republican Army, known by the initials IRA, strikes with 2 attacks, placing bombs at the Pub Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in The Town, killing as many as 21 innocent.
Nowadays Birmingham has undergone a real transformation. The center was renovated and new squares, new pedestrian crossings were built.
The main tourist spots, which we will discuss later, is the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Millennium Point, the Bull Ring, Selfridges Building, Cadbury World, the Tolkien Trail, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the National Sea Life Centre.