14 Atypical Cities that Reveal the Creativity of Men

1. Vardzia – Georgia

Aside from a small group of monks, the city of Cave Vardzia is now abandoned. At its peak in the Middle Ages, the town included a throne room, thousands of homes and a complex irrigation system.

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2. Masdar City – UAE

Masdar is a new town and future eco-city of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates . Still under construction, the city plans to incorporate ultramodern technologies.

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3. Setenil de las Bodegas – Spain

Setenil de las Bodegas is a small city with many buildings and homes built in the rocky overhangs located in the region. It provides a unique urban plan that meets the cliffs that surround it.

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4. Iquitos – Peru

Located in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos has a modern metropolis party and a tropical jungle party. It is the largest city in the world that can not be reached by road. You need to take a plane or boat if you want to visit.

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5. Monsanto – Portugal

Located on a Portuguese mountain village Monsanto has built homes in many big rocks and cliffs of the region.

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6. Alberobello – Italy

Alberobello is famous for its “trulli”, unique houses built of limestone with distinctive conical roofs. This construction technique trulli dating back to prehistoric times.

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7. Huizhou – China

A Chinese real estate development company recreates the Austrian village of Hallstatt in the Chinese city of Huizhou , reproducing and European architecture available in a completely different context.

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8. Goreme – Turkey

Goreme is located in the region of Cappadocia in Turkey , a region known for its many unique rock formations. The valley around this area juxtaposes modern accommodation with traditional towns and villages carved into the rocks of the valley.

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9. Seaside – Florida

Seaside is a community located on the peninsula of Florida . Famous among architecture thanks to its precise proportions and design specifications amateurs. It is also well known to movie buffs as it was the location of the film The Truman Show

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10. Songdo – South Korea

After being fully built during the beginning of the new millennium, Songdo is what many call an “instant city”. City highlights its technological side with underground pneumatic tubes to transport waste and videoconferencing “telepresence” connecting the entire city. In addition, included are replicas of Central Park, Venetian canals and Parisian boulevards to attract residents. The city will be fully completed in 2015.

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11. Coober Pedy – Australia

Australian mining town of Coober Pedy is so hot in summer that half the city decides to move underground to escape temperatures. You can find hotels, restaurants, churches and private residences, all located in the Australian land.

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12. Slab City – California

Once a Marine camp, Slab City is now home to thousands of campers and owners of recreational vehicles. There is no government, no electricity or running water.

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13. Shanghai – China

As the draft Hallstatt , Thames Town is a planned community in China that aims to mimic the architectural style of Europe. Here is a complete replica of London with its small timbered houses, pubs, small shops, etc..

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14. Petra – Jordan

Tthe city of Petra was established around the sixth century BC and eventually became an important item of trade routes linking Asia and Europe. The entire city is carved into the cliffs and red roses in the region, including homes, government buildings and places of worship.

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