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(E) Color suggested by etymology, (N) color suggested by nickname. You can find here only a limited and casual selection.
(N) Ostuni, Puglia (Italy)
The 'White Town'. From Italian 'La CittĂ Bianca', for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
(E) The 'Casa Rosada' (Argentina)
The 'Pink House'. From Spanish 'Casa Rosada': 'casa' (house) and 'rosa' (pink).
(E) The 'Rotes Rathaus', Berlin (Germany)
The 'Red Town Hall'
(E) Oranjerivier (South Africa)
The 'Orange River' (Oranjerivier). From the Dutch House of Orange-Nassau.
(E) Zelenograd, Moscow (Russia)
The 'Green City'. From Russian: 'zeleno' (green) and 'grad' (city).
(E) Nicosia (Cyprus)
Nicosia is the English version of 'Lefkosia', the 'White City'. From Greek/Turkish: 'lefko' (white)
(E) 'Grotta Azzurra', Capri (Italy)
'Grotta Azzurra' (the 'Blue Grotto'). For being flooded with a brilliant blue.
(E) The 'Monte Rosa' (Switzerland)
The 'Pink Mountain'. From Italian 'rosa' (pink). Inappropriately, because here 'rosa' comes from 'rouese', meaning 'glacier'.
(E) The 'Monte Bianco' (Alps)
The 'White Mountain'. From: French 'Mont Blanc' or Italian 'Monte Bianco'.
(N) Izamal, Yucatan (Mexico)
The 'Yellow City of the Yucatan', from the fact that most of its buildings are painted yellow.
(E) Belgorod (Russia)
The 'White City', for the richness in limestone. From Russian: 'bĂ©lyj' (white) and 'gĂłrod' (city).
(N) Nagpur, Maharashtra State (India)
The 'Orange City' (Nagpur) .For being a major trade center of oranges in the region.
(E) Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
Ulaanbaatar (the 'Red Hero' in Mongolian language). Named in honor of Mongolia's national hero Damdin SĂĽkhbaatar.
(E) The Azores (Portugal)
The 'AĂ§ores' (Azores). Maybe from vernacular Portuguese 'azor' (blue).
(E) Brazil (country)
Brazil. Maybe from 'Brasilium', the Latin name of a red dyewood.
(N) Arequipa (Peru)
The 'White City' (La Ciudad Blanca), for the many colonial-era Spanish buildings built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic rock.
(E) Belgrade (Serbia)
The 'White City'. From Serbian 'Beograd': 'beo' (white) and 'grad' (city).
(E) Mauritania (country)
Mauritania. Named after the country's biggest ethnic group, the 'Mauri'. From the Greek word 'mauros' (black).
(E) Belarus (country)
Belarus (White Russia)
(N) Seattle, Washington (US)
The 'Emerald City', nicknamed as a result of a contest held in 1981, with reference to the lush evergreen forests of the area.
(N) Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
The 'Grey City'. From the many buildings built with locally quarried grey granite.
(E) Dublin (Ireland)
Dublin. From Gaelic 'Dubb Linn' (black pool).
(E) Rio Negro (river)
The 'Black River' From Portuguese 'Rio Negro': 'rio' (river) and 'negro' (black)
(N) Faial Island (Portugal)
It is referred to as the Ilha Azul (Blue Island), from the writings of Portuguese poet Raul BrandĂŁo.
(N) Petra (Jordan)
The 'rose-red city half as old as time', from a sonnet by John William Burgon.
(N) Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)
Nicknamed the 'White City', though the exact origin of this moniker is not clear.
(E) Montenegro (country)
Montenegro. From Serbian 'Crna Gora': 'cmra' (black) and 'gora' (mountain)
(N) Nairobi (Kenya)
Nairobi is popularly known as the 'Green City in the Sun'.
(N) Jaipur, Rajasthan State (India)
The 'Pink City', since when Jaipur was painted pink, in 1853, to welcome the visit of the Prince of Wales.
(E) Cape Verde (country)
Named after the nearby Cap Vert, on the Senegalese coast.
(E) Huang He (China)
The 'Yellow River'. From Chinese 'Huang He': 'huang' (yellow' and 'he' (river).
(E) Cap-Vert (Senegal)
Originally called by Portuguese explorers 'Cabo Verde' (Cape Green).
(E) Zanzibar (Tanzania)
From Persian: 'zang' (black people) and 'bar' (land).
(N) Muntinlupa City (Philippines)
The 'Emerald City of the Philippines'
(N) Marrakech (Morocco)
Marrakech is known as the 'Red City'
(E) CĂ´te d'Ivoire (country)
Ivory is an off-white color resembling the material out of which the elephant tusks is made.
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