efining a city can be difficult, but Hugh Newell Jacobson may have managed a way to do so, but describing the beauty of a city and actually naming the top most beautiful cities in a world, can be a task that can only be described as herculean. Beauty, as they say in the age old clichéd manner, lies in the eyes of the beholder and hence, this list is completely subjective.
Steeped in history, art and culture, Barcelona is a port city and the second largest city in Spain, which is also home to one of the biggest names in football, FC Barcelona. The city leads the world, where the design industry and gastronomical experimentation is concerned. The love for design is also apparent in the stunning structures that dot the city. A green cover that can be widely attributed to its 68 parks and the work hard, play hard vibe that is visible for everyone at the 7 beaches that it boasts of, Barcelona is also one of the most disabled-friendly cities in the world, thanks to the improvements it had to make in preparation for the 1992 Olympics.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world and also one of the most popular destinations for tourists to Africa. With beautiful beaches and the famous Table mountain, that gives a panoramic view of the city at a height of 3,500 feet above sea level, the city is an astonishing potpourri of natural beauty, brilliant architecture, with buildings constructed in the Cape Dutch style, and a rich heritage. The city is the legislative and economic capital of South Africa with a mix of people from different races inhabiting it. In the recent past, Cape Town has topped a number of lists citing the top most beautiful cities in the world.
Chi-town, Chi-city, Windy City, Second City, City of Big Shoulders; it is amazing, the number of epithets the city has been awarded with. A few people may question the inclusion of this city in the list of the most beautiful cities in the world, but this city with its cultural dynamism manages to capture the heart of anyone who visits it. A few other feathers in its cap, is that we owe the emergence of skyscrapers, deep dish pizza and America’s first African American President to the city of Chicago.
Renaissance architecture, the art capital of Italy, and World Heritage Site, Florence is widely regarded as the last preserved cradle of the Renaissance. Tourism is the most significant industry in Florence, with thousands of tourists visiting it in a single month. Historically, Florence is the first home to Italian fashion. Most world famous fashion houses, that are now situated at Milan, were first founded at Florence. The Duomo remains the architectural masterpiece in the city where one is spoiled for choice.
Sweeney Todd very famously sang, “There is no place like London”. Though he may have had only bad things to say about the city, we cannot stop gushing about this mega-city that was founded almost 2 millennia ago by the Romans. Art, entertainment, music, culture, literature and even films – you name it and London commands its presence in the field. From the picturesque view that the London Eye offers you, to the almost mannequin like Buckingham Palace guards and the Big Ben, London travel ensures enough tourist spots and attractions for everyone and every choice.
New York City
New York, I Love You, a recently released film pays homage to the city that is the financial capital of the U.S.A. The Big Apple is captured in its many moods and sights but the movie still fails to do justice to the city, which is definitely one of the top most beautiful cities in the world. Tom Wolfe had one famously said, “Culture just seemed to be in the air, like part of the weather”. Nothing seems truer for New York City, which can boast of being the center for several movements including the Harlem renaissance, jazz dance, hip hop and abstract expressionism. Of course, the fact that it is home to Broadway, Ellis Island, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Central Park is just a pleasant afterthought.
Say Sydney and the first thing that pops into your head is the Opera house, with its expressionist modern design and shell like structure. Sydney is the topmost destinations for immigrants to Australia, which explains its multi-ethnic population. Though the recent racial attacks have been a cause of concern, it does not take away from the fact that the city still remains a tourism haven. It has a grand Mardi Gras procession and New Year fireworks display that finds its way into TV screens across the world.
Fluorescent incandescents, mind-numbing speed, technology, which to a non-Tokyokko, will seem like from a few light years in the future, the Wall Street of Japan, never-ending skyscrapers. Just a few of the many images which are symbolic of the city, Tokyo truly, in its own futuristic style deserves to be on the list of the most beautiful cities in the world. The buzz of the city seems like a cover for the movements of music, fashion, architecture, animation and most importantly Manga. The city is structured and ordered and has more restaurants with Michelin stars than Paris and London combined. It also has the distinction of being one of the most expensive cities in the world.Continue reading