British Occupation of Northern Ireland
Belfast was the Ground Zero of the conflict. It was a city torn in two by age-old conflicts waged with modern weaponry and guerrilla tactics. The city was blown apart by bombs, fortified by armed groups, and eventually rebuilt once peace finally came. Looking at these photos, though, peace seems like a distant dream for the people of Belfast.
The extent of the damage to the old neighborhoods of Belfast is likely why much of it was rebuilt in the peaceful years that followed. Many remnants of old Belfast still exist, but painful memories are always hard to wash away. The distinctly British architecture of old Belfast has been replaced with something more European and continental. While theoretically still part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has consciously set itself apart from its colonial ruler.