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The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events in England throughout much of its two millennia of existence.The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination.) is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England.The municipality is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire to which it gives its name.
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In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England, a role it has retained.
In the 19th century, York became a hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing centre.
The site of the principia (HQ) of the fortress lies under the foundations of York Minster, and excavations in the undercroft have revealed part of the Roman structure and columns.
The Emperors Hadrian, Septimius Severus and Constantius I all held court in York during their various campaigns.