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