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Leicester English pronunciation: / lɛstə / (listen) is a city and unitary authority of East Midlands, England (United Kingdom). It is the capital of the county or county town of Leicestershire. The city is next to the Soar River and on the outskirts of the national forest region. The population in the city is 348,300 inhabitants (2016 estimate), with 650,000 people living in the Urban Area of Leicester, making this city the most populous in East Midlands, the eleventh most populous in England and the thirteenth in the United Kingdom. The city has a metropolitan area whose population is between 765 and 1,388 thousand (2011/15), according to the method applied.
The roads and baths of ancient Rome found in Leicester recall its era of military settlement, when it was founded as Ratae Corieltauvorum and was located in an inhabited place of the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe. After the Roman period, the medieval settlement fell into shadows until the arrival of the Danes, who captured it and became one of five important fortified cities for the Danelaw. The name "Leicester" comes from the words castra and "Ligore" (early name of the Legro River, now Soar), that is to say "Fort of the Ligore" referring to the position of the fort on the river. The city appears in the Domesday Book as «Ledecestre». Leicester continued to grow throughout the Modern Age as a commercial city, although it was the industrial revolution that facilitated an unprecedented process of urbanization in the area.
The construction of the railroad and the network of canals through the area stimulated industrial growth in the 19th century, causing Leicester to become an important economic center with a variety of factories in engineering, shoes and production of socks. The economic success of these industries and their auxiliary companies resulted in the significant urban expansion around the city. The boundaries of Leicester extended throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, becoming "bourgeois municipality" ('county borough') in 1889 and granted city status in 1919.
Today, Leicester is a flourishing city located on the Midland Main Line (one of the United Kingdom's 'rail networks' sub-networks) and in the middle of the M1 motorway, this route that connects London with Leeds. Leicester has a large population of ethnic minorities, the product of the most recent immigration bums to the United Kingdom since World War II. The city has a large community from South Asia such as other communities from the EU and other parts of the world, as well as places of worship for Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Orthodox Christians among others. Leicester is a center for higher education thanks to the University of Leicester, the DMU: De Montfort - University and the University of Loughborough, all founded in the region.
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Leicester Marriott Hotel ★★★★
Blaby Westfield House Hotel
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The Leicester Market (in English: Leicester Market) is a market in the city of Leicester, England, at the Market Place, just south of the clock tower.
It is open from Monday to Saturday and has more than 270 stalls. It is a space of about 800 years, but it was moved to the current site about 700 years ago. It is the largest covered outdoor market in Europe.
The outdoor market sells a wide variety of products, especially fruits and vegetables, but also flowers, clothing, second-hand books, bric-a-Brac and jewelry. It also has a number of permanent units, which contain clothing, cosmetics, textiles, greeting cards, coffee and pet products.
The internal market (1973) is a multi-level building that contains the market and fish delicacies, as well as stalls selling clothing, haberdashery, footwear, jewelry, precious stones, and confectionery.
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Church of Santa María de Castro
The church of Santa María de Castro (in English, St Mary de Castro) is an old English church of medieval foundation of Leicester, classified as Grade I, which was erected inside the old bailey of the castle of Leicester. Today it serves as a parish church of the Church of England in the diocese of Leicester. «St Mary de Castro» is the Latin of Santa María del Castillo, name chosen to differentiate itself from the nearby «St Mary de Pratis», Santa María de los Prados.
The building was closed to the public in 2011 after the loop was unsafe, but in April 2015 it was reopened. The loop was dismantled, and the funds currently available are insufficient to replace it and repair the tower below.
It is believed that it was the first church in the United Kingdom to be seen online with Google Streetview, having been photographed in August 2012.