Category Archives: Cities

Red Hero

Founded in 1639, Urga was built on the site of the Buddhist monastery of Da Khuree. In 1924, it was renamed “Red Hero,” in honor of Suhbaatar, who liberated the country from Ungern von Sternberg’s troops. Ulan Bator is the capitol of Mongolia.

Loooooong…. The longest!

The longest name of place in English speaking country is:

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (85 letters) which is a hill in New Zealand.

The longest name of a town in the UK is:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (58 characters).

But the longest train station name in the UK is:

Gorsafawddacha’idraigodanheddogleddollônpenrhynareurdraethceredigion (68 characters) in North Wales, and it was created just to beat Llanfairpwllqw…

No wonder some people develop a “fear of long words”, it is called hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (sweet irony!). :)

Non Madol

Built form giant basalt “logos” 92-man-made islets on the remote
Micronesian island if Pohpei, the ancient Non Madol can claim to be the
world’s most mysterious City. Archaeologists are a loss to explain how it
was constructed and why it was suddenly abandoned around 1500 AD. Nor do they
have any idea of the purpose of the submerge tunnels connecting many of the
larger islets in this “Venice of the Pacific”.