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The experience of Titanic Belfast

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Arriving at the Titanic Belfast building

At 12.15 p.m. on May 31, 1911, in the Queen's Island shipyards (Belfast), the largest ship in the world, until that date, was thrown into the water on a ramp that had previously been lubricated with 22 tons of tallow and soap. That was how he RMS Titanic came into contact with the waters of the lagan river Northern Irish. The ship would be completed on April 2, 1912.

The largest and most luxurious ocean liner in history, manufactured by Harland and wolff commissioned by the British shipping company White star line, it would sink only 12 days later after colliding with an iceberg, becoming one of the most famous ships in history and the greatest maritime disaster in peacetime.

More than 1500 people lost their lives in the disaster and post-event investigations forever changed maritime safety standards.

Everyone knows that the Titanic was heading to the United States, that it was an English ship, that hit a block of ice in the North Atlantic ... Some even believe that Leo Di Caprio traveled on it, but Few people know that it was conceived and built in a shipyard in Belfast.

Belfast, the growing and dynamic capital of Northern Ireland, made a great investment in 2012 to have a center where the visitor is soaked, not only of history, but of the entire complete experience that is the RMS Titanic. From its construction in the shipyards to the stories collected after the tragic sinking, through the attempt to convey the feeling of traveling on the largest ship in the World.

The success of this project is called Titanic Belfast.

The expert tour boat on the Titanic. The Captain of the Mona, Derek, is a crack and a scholar on the subject

When we approach the Titanic Belfast furrowing the Lagan aboard the small ship "Monkey" We realized why it is considered something like the Guggenheim of Belfast. It is, without a doubt, the most emblematic building in the city.

Its structure - located right in the old shipyards - consists of four wings in the shape of a ship's bow. The height of each of them is the same as that of the bow of the Titanic. The silver tone of the facade could not be fully appreciated due to the low light penetrating the clouds of the Belfast sky. I would have liked to see him gleaming and proud as the ship that took us on a time trip should have been.

As soon as I entered the main lobby I could see that the great investment in this project - more than 100 million euros - begins to give dividends. It was any Thursday in April and the place was overflowing. There is public of all kinds: couples, rows of students, families, elders and I even got to see a group of girls who were celebrating their bachelorette party. And it is that the history of the Titanic has become one of almost universal interest.

We got our press passes and went straight to the restaurant located on the ground floor. There we replenished forces before beginning our particular exploration.

The ramps where boats were bounced

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