The City Of Cardiff – Europe’s Youngest Capital

The City Of Cardiff – Europe’s Youngest Capital

The origin of the name of the city of Cardiff is subject to much ambiguity. Cardiff is the Anglicised version of the Welsh name “Caerdydd”. “Caerdydd” is split into two words; “Caer” meaning ‘fort, and “Dydd” or “Diff”, which is thought by some to refer to the river Taff on which the castle of Cardiff stands. Others, however, take it to refer to the Roman settlement of Caerlaeda. It is also thought that the name of the river is derived from the Welsh word “Caerdydd Harlech”, which was the river that the Romans used to send their goods across on their way to Italy. Galileo Galilei was stolen from his observatory in the city by the Roman government and aboard a go-cart, he was carrying but was found in a barn by a group of villagers some two weeks later. They were able to send a map of the city to Italy so that the scientists could follow his trail and therefore learn how to find Galileo.

The history of Cardiff

The Romans enjoyed the city so much that they continued to live there after they had left. The influence of the Romans on the city is still felt today: not only are the streets still full of Roman architecture, but the Opera House and the Royal Palace in the center of the city are built along Roman lines. 

The Romans had a reputation for being very clever at football. This was even evident at the time of the supposed Roman conquest when the people of the city all wore woolen clothes and slippers to keep their feet from getting sore, as wool had replaced leather in footwear. It is supposed that the first football shirt was worn exactly in this city and that the first match was played in 46 AD. A record of the games that were played is regarded as the oldest in the city. There is also a stunning Roman Amphitheatre in Cardiff that was mostly destroyed during the Great Fire of Cardiff in 1666. The games are now played in the Millennium Stadium.

The Welsh capital hearty thanks to a well developed and vibrant community of artists, musicians, and writers who have a presence of their own, not only in Cardiff but in the whole of Wales. This Wales weekend holiday is not only about the sport of course, but also about the many different festivals that are taking place and the inimitable spirit of fun that they bring with them. Although primarily seen as a weekend getaway. This destination is also accessible by train and coach from the UK, along with a host of attractions to enjoy.

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