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Chichester is a city in the south of England, in the county of West Sussex. The centre stands on the foundations of the Roman city of Noviomagus. The area is believed to have been a bridgehead for the Roman invasion of Britain. Close by is the important Roman site of Fishbourne.

The city streets have a cross-based layout, inherited from Chichester's Roman past. Radiating outwards from the medieval market cross lead the North, South, East and West shopping streets.

Chichester cathedral is dedicated to Saint Richard[?]. The spire of the cathedral, built of the weak local stone, collapsed suddenly and was rebuilt during the 19th century. Within the nave of the cathedral can be seen the remains of a Roman mosaic pavement.

Chichester is famous for the annual Chichester Festivities, in which the Chichester Festival Theatre[?] plays great prominence.

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