Built in 1906, the Belfast City Hall reflects the wealth that the city amassed in the 19th and early 20th century. The textile industry and largest shipyard in the world had brought significant wealth to the city, and in 1888 Queen Victoria granted Belfast its city rights. An imposing City Hall was par for the course. The Baroque Revival city palace is now a popular tourist attraction.
Belfast played a leading role in the British Industrial Revolution. The city produced so much linen that it was nicknamed ‘Linenopolis’. The shipyard Harland and Wolff built the most prestigious steamship of all times: the Titanic. The sky was the limit and the city expanded fast. To the dismay of Dublin, Belfast became the largest city in Ireland. The wealth from the golden days was used to build an extravagant city hall with copper domes, arcades and ornately decorated friezes.