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Chester....a unique city in the UK and rivalling many in Europe.

Its history dates back almost 2000 years when the Romans built a fort as part of their occupation and as a base from which to expand into Wales. Roman remains are still visibly present mainly in the half excavated amphitheatre and Roman Garden. The city flourished during the Middle Ages with cathedral as its centre piece and some buildings dating back in origin to the 15th century.

The sandstone wall is lmost intact and encircles the city for a distance of 2 miles with a path along the top of the walls that can be walked for the entire length giving views of diferent parts of the enclosed city, the River Dee below and hills of North Wales in the distance.

The buildings in the photos were largely refurbished in the late Victorian times and form a network of passage ways to shops, restaurants and bars. These are The Rows. Shops are sometimes on three levels with one shop in particular, below street level and based in a Medieval crypt. The city is a magnet for tourists who are present throughout the year and offers not just a glimpse of history in the excellent museum, but also in its living history and the endless possibilities photographically. In my opinion this wonderful city more than rivals York, Bath or Canterbury.

Chester Images

Part of the canal system below the walls
Suspension Bridge across the Dee
Passage way
A landmark building ....corner of Bridge Street/Eastgate Street
Eastgate Street and Victorian Jubille clock
Northgate Street

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pamreynolds
18 Jun 2013 - 10:04 AM

These pictures of Chester are making me homesick, being born there ++ years ago. Lovely city, along with your lovely images, well done

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