10 Fictional Cities We Wish Were Real
Have you ever been watching a movie or reading a novel, and then you came upon this wonderful place in there and felt like “This is the dream?” Well, I don’t doubt it. There are loads of fictional cities which were the setting for the most exciting events and the home to our most beloved characters. We would keep wondering if we can meet them and share their adventure, and sometimes we would even wish to live in their worlds, if only they were real. Here we introduce you to some of these magnificent cities. Take a look and maybe wish upon a star.
1.Orbit City, Jetsons
Were you one of those kids who used to watch The Jetsons and think “Why can’t we fly to school and have a robot maid too?”
Orbit City, where the Jetsons family lived, is a future Earth city in which all the buildings rise in the sky on very high columns as if they were floating. Those buildings were illustrated in the Googie architectural style, a modern futurist style influenced by car culture and space age. George Jetson used to drive his family in a flying car that can be folded into a briefcase, and drop them at their destinations in glass pods. The vibrant colors and the round forms make the city seem catchy and playful.
2.Emerald City, The Wizard of Oz
Or where you mesmerized by the iconic Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz? We all remember that scene in which Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz. The illusions and lies behind the all green and bright city, as it turns out, couldn’t make it any less bewitching and memorable.
3.Kingsbury, Howl’s Moving Castle
Not as well-known as the Land of Oz but no less fascinating is the Land of Ingary “where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist.” Ingary’s capital, Kingsbury, where the royal palace resides, is the land’s wealthiest city. It has some enchantingly colorful and extravagant buildings topped in gold. The architecture in some parts of the city resembles that of the picturesque French town, Colmar. On top of that, there is a chance you might spot Howl’s moving castle. If you are a young lady, be careful he doesn’t eat your heart.
4.Hogsmeade Village, Harry Potter
Let’s continue the magical theme and enter the dreamy world of Harry Potter. Hogsmeade is not exactly a city, but the one and only all-wizard village, in Britain. The cozy little village contains cottages, shops, and pubs like Zonko’s Joke Shop and Honeydukes. It is also known for its supposedly haunted Shrieking Shack. The students of Hogwarts arrive in Hogsmeade’s train station and then cross the lake and take the road to Hogwarts.
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5.Rivendell, Lord of the Rings
Now, in a parallel universe, or maybe somewhere far away in the same universe, more particularly in Middle-Earth, there is the exquisite Elven town, Rivendell. “The Last Homely House East of the Sea” lies on the edge of a deep narrow valley, hidden in the moor and foothill of the Misty Mountains. The exquisite architecture of Rivendell is a variation of Art Nouveau that blends well with the natural context. The overall image is simply charming and visually soothing.
6.Atlantis, Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Plato’s sunken island was the source of inspiration to numerous literary, Utopian works and the animated movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire. However, in the movie the heart of Atlantis was saved by a crystal barrier, to be later found by Milo Thatch, a linguist, and cartographer from New York. The architecture of the city, in the animated movie, is a simple classic depiction; however, this is not how everyone imagines it. Many archaeologists and historians would like to believe the city is real, and their images for it quietly vary.
The documentary film, Atlantis – The Lost City, tries to crack the mystery of Atlantis, and the city they imagine is more complex, resembling the Acropolis of Athens since the Greek Philosopher Plato was the one who first mentioned it after all. Some others went wild with their imagination and pictured a futuristic city with advanced technology beyond our time.
7. Shangri-La, Lost Horizon
Here is another fictional Utopia that was, initially, introduced in the James Hamilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. Shangri-la is a mystic harmonious city on the Himalayas. It is believed to be an “Earthly Heaven”. The city is isolated from the outside world, and its people are always happy, living for long life spans, making them close to immortal. It is believed that the idea of Shangri-La was originally taken from the Buddhist mystical kingdom Shambhala. Shangri-La was used in many other fictional works, among which is the American Sci-fi movie, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, whose depiction of the city was quite dazzling.
8.Tomorrowland – Tomorrowland
The Futuristic city of Tomorrowland, featured in the 2015 Disney movie, may seem like a future city, but it is just in another dimension. The city gathers all the creative people: scientists, artists, and such and let them create a secret place free of politics, bureaucracy, and greed. The cityscape features light-colored high towers surrounded by orbits and floating spheres. On a closer look, you can see the organic fluid forms of buildings, topped by green roofs, and the Skyscrapers connected by orbits for air-born transportation. In the center, there is a multi-layered water park. The whole city, actually, seems to be floating on water surface. The atmosphere in the city is so lively and cheery; you would want to be there instantly.
9.Asgard, Thor (film)
Asgard is the home of Gods from Norse Mythology. It may not be exactly a city, but a state sized, a steroid like, a planetary body which is floating because of its dense and durable material. Asgard has been illustrated by many artists based on the descriptions from Norse mythology, but the one we are familiar with the most is the depiction from Marvel’s Thor movies. The city features a grandiose, glimmering architecture, with sculptured rock buildings and elegant spires, surrounding the huge pipe organ-like palace of Odin and his sons. All the greatness cannot fail to fascinate you.
10.Cloud City, Star Wars
Now, not in a parallel universe and not on Earth but in the far future on the fictional planet Bespin of the Star Wars universe. If you are Star Wars fan, then you have probably liked the busy capital of the galaxy, Coruscant, or marveled at the bewitching city of Otoh Gunga, but did you imagine how life would be on the floating city. Rising above the clouds of Bespin, Cloud City is not only a mining colony for the Tibbana gas but also a politically free city that strived to be hidden from authorities. The upper levels of the city have a tourist district with luxurious hotels and casinos. The levels below are occupied by housing areas, administrative offices, private industrial zones, gas refineries, and engines, in that order.
…and the list goes on. So, where would you rather live or maybe go to on your next vacation?