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Introducing Leicester

Built over the buried ruins of two millennia of history, Leicester (les-ter) suffered at the hands of the Luftwaffe and postwar planners. A massive influx of textile workers from India and Pakistan since the 1960s, however, has transformed the city into a bustling global melting pot, with dozens of mosques and temples in and around the centre.

Historical treasures include one of England's finest medieval guildhalls. The 2012 discovery and 2013 identification of the remains of King Richard III in a Leicester car park has sparked a flurry of developments, including a spiffing new visitor centre on the site.