Discover the origins behind some of the world’s most famous municipal monikers.
Often, when we talk about famous cities around the world, we call them by nicknames that seem to be known just as well as their proper names. Be it the City of Light for Paris, the Windy City for Chicago, Beantown Boston. Some handles are pretty obvious, such as The Windy City of Chicago, or The Pink Cities of Jaipur and Toulouse, both of which have pink architecture, or The End of the World for Ushuaia in Argentina. However, some labels are not quite as self-evident, such as The Big Apple. Sometimes a little digging is needed to find out just how certain cities became known under their more unusual nicknames. For what it’s worth, the numerous cities called Paris of the East/West/North/South and the just as popular Venice of the (add region) will be ignored here, because the reasons are not only pretty clear but there are also too many to even validate the moniker.