6 smallest cities in the world
Gazeta.Ru figured out where a tired resident of a megalopolis could go, so as not to meet any of his acquaintances there.
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PhinDeli (Buford), Wyoming, USA
1. 1 person lives
The city became famous for the fact that for a long time the only resident lived there, the mayor, janitor, tanker and seller at the local store, Don Sammons. He came to Buford with his family in 1980, and after the death of his wife he lived here together with his son. In 2008, the son moved, the mayor was left alone, but in 2012 he put the city up for sale.
Together with the house, an abandoned school building built in 1905, a gas station, a garage, a barn and a shop, which at one time tried to rob the famous gangster Butch Cassidy, left the auction house. The winner of the auction, which lasted 15 minutes, was a businessman from Vietnam. The price of the transaction is $ 900 thousand. The new owner of the city renamed Buford to PhinDeli and went into business to promote Vietnamese coffee in the USA. Don Sammons is now officially hired by a somare of his former city.
Buford is located in southeastern Wyoming, between the cities of Cheyenne and Laramie, on the Interstate 80 highway.The city originated during the construction of the Transcontinental Railway in the 1860s. In the best of times, 2 thousand people lived here. The population began to decline sharply when the route of the highway was changed.
Why are we going: Well, how can you not send a paper letter or at least a memorable SMS from here? The city has its own postal code and cell phone tower.
2. 23 people live
This medieval fortress city was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest in the world. It is located in the central part of the Istrian peninsula, on top of one of the hills, at an altitude of 349 m. According to legend, Hum was built of giant stones by giants. Hum acquired the status of the city in the 11th century; it has its own mayor, a policeman, a doctor, a judge and a firefighter. In the 40s of the last century, 450 people lived here.
The 12th century frescoes are well preserved in Hume. In addition, there are 13 houses, 2 streets, 2 temples, a museum, a shop, a post office, a cemetery, a restaurant, and a hotel. In mid-June, the city holds mayoral elections every year, in which only men participate. The procedure ends with a dance festival.
Why are we going: Drink up. The restaurant serves homemade 38-degree herbal tincture Humska Bisk, which is prepared according to the recipe of the ancient Celts. Locals claim that this recipe is more than 2 thousand years old.
Rabštejn nad Střela, Czech Republic
3. 25 people live
The old, picturesque, smallest city of the Czech Republic and the whole of Central Europe Rabštejn n Stregeloj received its status as early as 1337. There is only one street and one square. The most popular attractions are the ruins of a 14th century fortress built in the Gothic style, a baroque castle, an ancient church. In addition, there is a Jewish cemetery, an ancient stone bridge, a broken wooden mill, a hotel, and a stable.
Rabshteyn is famous for its slate, which can still be found on the roofs of local houses. Most homes residents use as summer cottages.
Why are we going: Look for well-bred European ghosts - a holiday home is working in the castle.
4. 390 people live
Melnik is considered the smallest city in Bulgaria, although at the beginning of the 20th century there were 5 thousand people (mostly Greeks) living here. The name of the town comes from the surrounding chalk cliffs. The oldest residential building of Melnik - and the whole of Bulgaria - is the Boyarsky (Byzantine) house of the 13th century. There are about 100 cultural monuments in the town, the most interesting are the monastery of St. Nicholas of the XII century, the Slavov fortress of the XIII century, the church of the Apostles Peter and Paul, the Roman bridge and the ancient Turkish bath.But Melnik is especially famous for its folklore festivals and rich domestic wine, which is made according to old technologies. Huge barrels stored in the rocks.
Why are we going: Feel like travelers in time: since the Middle Ages, little has changed here. In addition, mighty plane trees and plane trees grow in Melnik, some trees are hundreds of years old.
5. 953 people live
The Estonian city of Kallaste (translated from Estonian as “coast”) is located on the shore of Lake Peipsi. Until 1923, it bore a different name - the Red Mountains, after the name of the local red sandstone. Kallaste originated in the XVIII century, in 1938 it received city status. Most of the inhabitants, 72% of whom are of Russian origin, are fishing. The area of the city is less than 2 km.
In addition to the sandstone, Kallaste is known for its current Old Believer church and the brotherly cemetery of Soviet soldiers. This is the poorest city in the country, according to Mayor Kallaste, here "40.8% of children live in relative poverty."
Why are we going: Just out of curiosity.
6. 11 thousand people live
Durbuy is a tiny French-speaking town in Belgium.Although he acquired the status of a city in 1331, the first records of Durbuy date from the 11th century. The town has three geological zones, amazing landscapes - meadows, valleys, caves, mountains, forests, the river Urt. The city lives at the expense of tourists and carefully keeps its medieval atmosphere: narrow cobbled streets, stone houses, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Bread Market of 1380 and the ancient castle, built back in 889. The first tourists appeared in Dubuis in the XIX century, and since then the city has acquired a good infrastructure: hotels, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
Why are we going: Here you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage, raft in the raft along the Urt River, or wander among figured trees in a small Topiary Park. And what is especially valuable is not to meet any of your friends.
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