Cities with a lengthy formal, original, or ceremonial name


Below are twelve cities around the globe that have very long formal, original, or ceremonial names. Needless to say, these would be tough to include on postage or any document for that matter. The majority have long names associated with a religious association. The list is not meant to be a complete one, but as always, any additions, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome.

Bangkok, Thailand = Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit  [The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Intra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn]

Buenos Aires, Argentina = Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora la Virgen María de los Buenos Aires (City of the Holy Trinity and Port of Our Lady the Virgin Mary of Buenos Aires)

Caracas, Venezuela = Santiago de León de Caracas (Santiago de León from Caracas)

Concepción, Chile = Concepción de la Madre Santísima de la Luz (Conception of the Blessed Mother of Light)

Guayaquil, Ecuador = Santiago de Guayaquil (Saint James of Guayaquil)

La Paz, Bolivia = Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales, UK (St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave)

Los Angeles, CA, USA = El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula (The People of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River)

Montevideo, Uruguay = Muy Fiel y Reconquistadora Ciudad de San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo (The Very Loyal and Reconquering City of San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo)

Quito, EcuadorSan Francisco de Quito (Saint Francis of Quito)

Santa Fe, Argentina = Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz (Saint Francis of Assisi’ of the True Cross)

Santa Fe, NM, USA = La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi’)


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