What are the smallest cities in the world? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest city in the World is Hum, Croatia. It is located in the central part of Istria and it’s the hometown of 23 proud citizens. It consists of two small streets and two churches built in the 12th and the 19th century. The city was first mentioned in manuscripts from the beginning of the 12th century when it was known by the name of Cholm. Hum has a thousand years long history. Many visitors go there to enjoy the silence and the ancient beauty of simple gray houses made of stone.
Other Small Cities
Furstenau, Switzerland, is also considered being one of the world’s smallest cities. Officially, it has become a city in the 14th century and today there are only 353 residents of this medieval town. It lies on a 1,3 km2 area in the southeastern side of the country and includes its own castle, the bishop’s residence which is listed as one of the Swiss heritage sites of national significance. The land is mostly agricultural, while the rest is either covered with forests or settled.
It is difficult to say for sure what cities are the smallest because the statistics change and the population grows day by day, but if we consider some recent statistics data, Durbuy, Belgium could be one of the smallest cities. It is located on the banks of the Ourthe River, in the province of Luxembourg and has no more than eleven thousand inhabitants. Main activities are recreation and tourism, but for everyone who likes different foods, Durbuy is the right place to visit. Being located at the intersection of three geological regions, it offers great views and magnificent panoramas.
There are disagreements about Vatican City being a city or a country, so if we consider it to be a city, we can say it is one of the smallest cities in the world. Its population is 783 on 0,44 m2 area. It was created in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty and it is being ruled by the Pope, the only absolute monarch in Europe. Vatican is the center of the Catholic Church and Catholicism itself. A very interesting fact about Vatican is that it is guarded by the Swiss Guard. Saint Peter’s Square, the famous square in Vatican, is distinguished from the Italian territory only by a white line.