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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Cardiff

A town of fewer than 2,000 people in 1801, Cardiff's population multiplied into the hundreds of thousands in the 19th century.

Britain’s first mosque was recorded in 1860, at 2 Glynn Rhondda Street in Cardiff.

Completed in 1886, Cardiff’s Coal Exchange was once where the price of the world's coal was determined. The world's first £1,000,000 business deal was made at the Coal Exchange during a transaction in 1901. 2500 tonnes of coal were transported to France.

Cardiff City defeated Arsenal in the 1927 FA Cup Final, the only time the competition has been won by a team not based in England.

Cardiff was proclaimed as the capital of Wales on December 20, 1955.  Caernarfon had also vied for this title. Although the city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1958, Cardiff only became a centre of national administration with the establishment of the Welsh Office in 1964.

Crown Buildings are the Welsh Government's main offices in Cardiff

The 299 licensed premises in Cardiff’s central square mile represent the highest concentration of pubs and clubs in the UK, according to South Wales Police.

Cardiff is the wettest British city with 115 cm of rain a year.

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