Dover, United Kingdom

Dover is an important harbour in England, in the home county of Kent.  The city lies by the Strait of Dover, like the eastern part of the Channel is called.

The city has always been very important for maritime activity.  Before the Romans already (who called the city Dubris Portus) Dover was a logical entry point, because it is only 34 km from the French coast. Until 1923 Dover was marine base; after that the port became more a civil port.  There are ferrylines to different places to the European mainland: Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne in France. Dover is the most important port for traffic crossing the Channel.

Now the agglomeration of Dover has about 37.000 inhabitants. They live from fishery, industry and most importantly tourism and harbour activities.

Dover is known for its white chalk cliffs (the white cliffs of Dover). There also is an impressive castle (Dover Castle), with the ruins of a Roman lighthouse from the 4th century.  During the second World War Dover was an important target for heavy bombings.


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