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Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is also the country's largest commercial centre and base for most of the national cultural and sorting institutions, the Welsh national media and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. Edward VII granted Cardiff city status in 1905 and has seen significant development since the 1990's. A new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay contains the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex.
The city's sporting venues include the Millennium Stadium, which is the national stadium for the Wales national rugby union team and the Wales national football team. Th city also has the SWALEC Stadium, home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff International Sports Stadium and Cardiff Arms Park.
Industry and commerce has played an important role in Cardiff's development over the centuries. The catalyst was the demand for coal which was needed for making iron and steel which was brought to the sea by packhorse from Merthyr Tydfill.
The majority of Cardiff's shopping is in the city centre around Queen Street and St. Mary Street, with large suburban retail parks located in Cardiff Bay, Culverhouse Cross, Leckwith, Newport Road and Pontprennau.
Cardiff's main railway station is Cardiff Central and provides services across Wales and to the rest of the United Kingdom.
The city of Canterbury in Kent, England, contains many ancient buildings despite it being heavily damaged during the Second World War. The heart of the city is its cathedral which is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the world wide Anglican Church. The cathedral is also the burial place of King Henry IV and Edward the Black Prince, but most famous as the scene of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170.
The ruins of the Norman Canterbury Castle and St Augustine's Abbey are both open to the public. The medieval St Margaret's Church now houses the "The Canterbury Tales", in which life-sized character models reconstruct Geoffrey Chaucer's stories. The Westgate is now a museum relating to its history as a jail and the medieval church of St Alphege became redundant in 1982 but had a new lease of life as the Canterbury Urban Studies Centre, later renamed the Canterbury Environment Centre; the building is used by the King's School. The Old Synagogue at Canterbury, now the King's School Music Room, is one of only two Egyptian Revival synagogues still standing.
Travelling too and from the city is easy because it is connected to the national rail network by its two railway stations: Canterbury West and Canterbury East.