Its history dates back over 5 millenia, and the Giant's Ring, a henge just outside the city, is 5,000 years old.
Today, the city is known as a center of Irish economy, for its higher education, and legal system.
People Born in Belfast
Belfast in People's Lives
Liam Neeson: I attended Queen's University at Belfast here, in 1971, studying physics and computer science. I left shortly afterward for a job offer, but returned in 1976 and joined a theater troupe, which I played in for two years. Decades later, I was granted an honorary degree from this university.
Natalie Portman: I traveled here in 2010 to film scenes of the movie Your Highness.