This Christmas, know Brighton

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Chain Pier Brighton by John Constable

This place survived great storms, annexation and an influx in population. A thriving town in the south coast of England, Brighton is an epicentre of English culture and heritage. A symbol of modernity, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Gay Capital’ of Europe.

In 16th century, this fishing village then known as Brighthelmstone was burnt to the ground by the French. The Great Storm of 1703 caused it a considerable damage.

In late 18th century however, benefaction of Prince Regent resulted in a rapid growth and the transition to the modern town of Brighton.

The escalation of tourism stirred indigenous businesses and lead to the establishment of numerous Pubs and restaurants.

Brighton’s economy for a long time was thought to be running on tourism. However, in 1985, the Borough Council described three “myths” about Brighton’s economy, one of which was that tourism provided most of Brighton’s jobs and income.

Brighton has been an important center for commerce and employment since the 18th century.

Up till 1997, it was a part of County of East Sussex. In 1997, Brighton and Hove were joined to form the unitary authority and was granted the status of a city in the millennium celebrations in 2000.

One of the largest town in England, it houses some of the finest architectures such as Royal Pavilion and renowned landmarks include Brighton Marine Place and Pier, the Grand Hotel and the West Pier.

Following are the prominent attractions of Brighton;

Landmarks                                                                     

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The Royal Pavilion

St Peter’s Church situated in Preston Village is as old as 14th century. Two elm trees in the grounds of Preston Manor are said to be the oldest English elms in the world.

The Royal Pavilion notable for its Indo-Saracenic architecture and Oriental interior, was built for Prince Regent during the early 19th century.

Brighton clock tower built during Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1888 is at the junction of Brighton’s busiest main road.

The Chattri is a memorial in the honour of Indian soldiers who died while fighting for the British Empire in First World War. It is situated on the Downs to the north of Patcham.

 Places

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The Brighton Pier

Brighton seafront is one of the finest places to be in Brighton. It features a view of the infinite stretch of the sea, in addition to various bars, restaurants and nightclubs around.

Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a great tourist attraction built on the seafront. It opened in 1899 and houses a funfair, restaurants and arcade halls.

The lanes are an assortment of independent shops for clothing, accessories, gifts, jewellery and many more. It is a place to buy antiques and savour a cup of coffee.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery showcases the rich English history and culture. An exhibition of historic documents and artifacts, it adds life to the existence of Brighton.

 Festivals

Brighton festival brings a huge procession of people together, annually. Music, theater and art is celebrated throughout the town in this second largest arts festival of UK.

 Education

University of Sussex established in 1961, is a renowned institution which is currently ranked 110th in the world by The World University Rankings. It has a faculty of Nobel Prize awardee and an alumni of notable scientists, philosophers, politicians and journalists.

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University of Brighton

University of Brighton is known for its international quality research. Established in 1859, it is based on five campuses with a focus on professional education.

 LGBT 

Brighton supports and serves a substantial number of Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender.

Brighton Pride is a popular charity organization that promotes equality and diversity and aim to eliminate the discrimination against LGBT community.

The Brighton pride event organized annually attracts a huge number and support.

Theatre/Cinema

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Theatre Dome

The Brighton Dome, the Old Market and the Theatre Royal are popular places for theatre lovers.

A number of movies have been shot in exotic locations of Brighton such as Mirror Mask, Angus, The Young Victoria, The Boat that Rocked and many more, including a Bollywood flick Desi Boyz.

 

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