10 Cities That Are Nicknamed After What They're Known For

Team MissMalini , 20 Jun 2018
Lisbon, Portugal | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
Lisbon, Portugal | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Every city in the world has a distinguishing feature that defines it the best and that’s why a lot of cities have nicknames. Just like Mumbai is called the City of Dreams, there are many cities which are named after a distinct characteristic based on the history, geographical location or even it’s culture. Here are 10 cities that are popularly known by their nicknames!

1. Rome, Italy

The Capitoline Hill, Rome, Italy | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
The Capitoline Hill, Rome, Italy | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

Eternal City, The City of Seven Hills

Reason

Rome is called The City of Seven Hills because it is famous for its seven hills, which are popular tourist attractions. The Aventine, Caelian, Esquiline, Quirinal and Viminal Hills are monumental sites. The Capitoline Hill is the location of Rome’s City Hall and the Palantine Hill is part of the main archaeological area. The ancient Romans called it the Eternal City as they believed that no matter what happened to the world, no matter how many empires would rise and fall, Rome would go on forever.

2. Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

The City of Angels

Reason

Los Angeles is a Spanish word, which means angels.

3. Miami, Florida

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Miami, Florida | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

Magic City

Reason

The population of Miami grew from one thousand to almost 5.5 million residents in just 110 years (1896-2006). This rapid growth was like magic!

4. Ushuaia, Argentina

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Ushuaia, Argentina | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

End Of The World

Reason

Ushuaia is located at the southernmost tip of South America, which makes its nickname quite apt.

5. Petra, Jordan

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Petra, Jordan | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

The Rose Red City, Lost City

Reason

Petra is a 2000-year-old city carved out of rocks. It is called The Rose Red City as the colour of the stone from which it is carved is of the same colour. This city was unknown to so many travellers and is a symbol of hidden treasures, which is exactly why Petra is called the Lost City.

6. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

Sin City

Reason

Before the laws legalised gambling and criminalised prostitution, you could get access to certain vices if you paid for it on Block 16 and Block 17 of Las Vegas and that is how the nickname Sin City originated.

7. Bengaluru, Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Karnataka | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

Garden City, Silicon Valley of India

Reason

According to history, the 17th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore liked the cool climate of Bengaluru and planned a garden named after his beloved sister. This is how the nickname of Garden City originated. It is also called the Silicon Valley of India as it’s the hub of IT companies. The reference is taken from the original Silicon Valley of San Francisco’s Bay Area, which is a house of IT companies in the USA.

8. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
Lisbon, Portugal | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

The White City

Reason

Lisbon is situated on the widest stretch of the Tagus River, which acts like a big mirror and reflects an enormous amount of sunlight over the city, which is why Lisbon is called the White City or The City of Lights.

9. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
Chicago, Illinois | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

The Windy City

Reason

People have assumed that Chicago gets its nickname due to the gushing winds coming off Lake Michigan. However, apparently it is called the Windy City because of its full-of-hot-air politicians, as stated by Charles A. Dana in an editorial in The New York Sun, a paper published between 1833 and 1950.

10. Tijuana, Mexico

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Tijuana, Mexico | Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Nickname

Television Capital Of The World

Reason

The city is a world leader in the manufacture of plasma, HDTV and LCD television sets.

So now you know how the nicknames of these cities have originated! Did you know any of them? Let us know in the comments below.

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