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Coventry ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>) is a city and metropolitan borough in the centre of England. It was the capital of England more than once in the 15th century when the seat of Government was held in Coventry. Coventry's heritage includes the Roman Fort at Baginton, Lady Godiva, St Mary's Guildhall (where kings and queens were entertained)<ref>City Guild of Tour Guides "City Guild of Tour Guides", City Guild of Tour Guides</ref> and three cathedrals.

Coventry is located in the county of West Midlands but is historically part of Warwickshire. Coventry is the 10th largest city in England and the 13th largest UK city overall.<ref>List of English districts by population based on ONS mid-year population estimates for 2014: Coventry is the 10th-largest city in England and the 13th-largest city in the UK proper with a 2014 population of 337,428. This is after London (1st), Birmingham (2nd: 1,101,360), Leeds (3rd: 766,399), Glasgow (Scotland) (4th: 599,650), Sheffield (5th 563,749), Bradford (6th: 528,155), Manchester (7th: 520,215), Edinburgh (Scotland) (8th: 492,680), Liverpool (9th: 473,073), Bristol (10th, 442,474), Cardiff (Wales) (11th: 354,294), Leicester (12th: 337,653), Coventry (13th: 337,428).</ref> It is also the second largest city in the West Midlands region, after Birmingham, with a population of 337,400 in 2014.<ref>2014 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics "UK Population Estimates", ONS</ref>

Coventry is situated {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} northwest of central London, {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} east-south-east of Birmingham, {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} southwest of Leicester and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} north of Warwick. Although harbouring a population of more than a third-of-a-million inhabitants, Coventry is not amongst the English Core Cities Group due to its proximity to Birmingham.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} Approximately half a million people live within 10 miles (16 km) of Coventry city centre.

Coventry was the world's first twin city, when it formed a twinning relationship with the Russian city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) during the Second World War. The relationship developed through ordinary people in Coventry who wanted to show their support for the Soviet Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad.<ref name="coventry.gov.uk2">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The city is now also twinned with Dresden, Lidice, Saint-√Čtienne and 22 other cities around the world.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> A part of the city centre at the entrance to the Lower Precinct is named Lidice Place.

Coventry Cathedral is one of the newer cathedral buildings, having been built after the destruction of the 14th century cathedral church of Saint Michael by the German Luftwaffe on 14 November 1940. Coventry motor companies have contributed significantly to the British motor industry. The city has two universities, the city centre-based Coventry University and the University of Warwick on the southern outskirts.


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