The City of the Kings – Lima
Today “The City of the Kings” is just a noble nickname for this Peruvian capital, but back in the day it was the official name of the city when it was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. He chose this opulent name because the city was founded on January 6, the date of the feast of the Epiphany. However, the name quickly fell into disuse and Lima became the city’s name of choice.
The Pearl of the Danube – Budapest
The Eternal City – Rome
The Big D – Dallas
The Capital of the Alps – Grenoble
The City of 72 Nations – Tehran
The City That Never Stops – Tel Aviv
The Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik
The Emerald City – Seattle
With a population of over 650,000 Seattle, the largest city of the State of Washington, earned this noble nickname thanks to the lush evergreen forests of the area and the city’s parks. Another popular epithet of Seattle is the Jet City, as a reference to Boeing, the airplane manufacturer that resides there.
The City of Gaudí – Barcelona
Those who have ever been to Barcelona certainly know why it is dubbed the City of Gaudí. The second largest city of Spain is where most of Antoni Gaudí, a world-known architect´s works are located. The most famous of them, the Sagrada Familia, ranks among the most visited Roman Catholic buildings in the world.
The City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia
The sweet nickname of Philadelphia allegedly came from William Penn, an English Quaker, who envisioned the city as a place where anyone of any color or background could live together in peace and harmony. Actually, brotherly love is also the meaning of the city´s name in Greek – “philos” meaning love and “adelphos” meaning brother.
The Forbidden City – Beijing
The City of Tigers – Oslo
The lion is not the only predator that appears in a city´s nickname. As the capital and most populous city of Norway, Oslo is commonly referred to as the City of Tigers. It is thought that the nickname was first used by author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson around 1870, due to his perception of the city as a cold and dangerous place.
The Steel City – Pittsburgh
The Harbor City – Sydney
The City of a Hundred Spires – Prague
The Paris of South America – Buenos Aires
The Fashion Capital – Milan
The Mother of the World – Cairo
The Lion City – Singapore
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Nicknames are an inseparable part of our everyday lives in many aspects. We give nicknames to people, animals as well as things because nicknames are usually much more reflective of their true qualities and characteristics. Many of the world´s most famous cities are no exception. While some of these cities´ nicknames are well-known, there are still plenty of those that are not so familiar. How many of these 25 awesome cities can you recognize by their nicknames?
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