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Introducing Coventry

The city was blitzed so badly in WWII that the Nazis coined a new verb ‘Coventrieren’, meaning ‘to flatten’. Postwar planning doomed Coventry to a nondescript concrete centre apart from the striking new cathedral, which was built alongside the bombed-out shell of the old. There are enough cathedrals to go round here – another even older one was recently excavated. The city also has an interesting industrial history as a prolific car-maker, the product of which can be seen in an absorbing transport museum.