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** The city of Ondar Shambal was built to be as holy as possible, with walls of white jade and a city grid made entirely of {{magitek}} to amplify the sacred nature of its geomancy. It is the holiest place on the surface of Creation, so sacred that when powerful magic was used to destroy TheFairFolk who were attacking the world, all the Fair Folk armies camped around its walls escaped death because of how protected the city is.

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** The city of Ondar Shambal was built to be as holy as possible, with walls of white jade and a city grid made entirely of {{magitek}} to amplify in the sacred nature form of its geomancy.holy mandala to work as a geomantic prayer amplifier. It is the holiest place on the surface of Creation, so sacred that when powerful magic was used to destroy TheFairFolk who were attacking the world, all the Fair Folk armies camped around its walls escaped death because of how protected the city is.


* {{Atlantis}} in ''Film/{{Aquaman}}'', both as the UnderwaterCity it is in the present day, and the AdvancedAncientAcropolis it was before it sank.

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* {{Atlantis}} in ''Film/{{Aquaman}}'', ''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', both as the UnderwaterCity it is in the present day, and the AdvancedAncientAcropolis it was before it sank.


* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Dalaran fits this trope closely, and while Shattrath doesn't fit the architectural aspects, the big beam of light emanating from the center of it is very shiny indeed.
** What remains of Silvermoon City

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Dalaran fits this trope closely, closely. It is literally very shiny due to all of the magic crystals. More importantly though, Dalaran is the last remnant of old Lordaeron and while represents everything that was cool about that civilization. It has also been used as a [[HomeBase heroic headquarters]] on multiple occasions. **while Shattrath doesn't fit the architectural aspects, the big beam of light emanating from the center of it is very shiny indeed.
indeed. The beam of light is created by a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Naaru]].
**Shattrath on alternate Draenor DOES fit this trope to a T. Alternate Draenor also has Auchindoun, which is this trope but for the spirits of the dead.
** What remains of Silvermoon CityCity. Aside from just being the largest city in the game (if you count both the functional and non-functional parts) it's also really architecturally impressive. The layout is also considerably nicer than a lot of the other cities in the game. If you teleport in (especially if you teleport from the Ruins of Lordaeron) the saturation of the colors can actually be jarring.
**Thunder Bluff fits the trope, although it doesn't literally shine or look as obviously impressive as the other cities. It was purpose-buit by High Chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof to be a capital city and to represent the ideals of the Tauren people.
**The Legion expansion introduced Suramar City. It's the last intact remnant of the ancient Night Elf empire. In addition to being absolutely massive, every part of it looks absolutely stunning. It is also a multilayered maze which you can spend multiple hours unsuccessfully trying to navigate. Oddly enough, it wasn't built as a capital city although it does serve that purpose for the Nighbourne now. That was Zin-Azhari: the ruins of which you can find spread across THREE separate zones.
**Battle for Azeroth topped Suramar with Dazar Alor, the ancient Capital city of the Zandalari Empire. It is built in a particularly pleasing {{Mayincatec}} style, and much of it is covered in gold and gemstones. [[BrightCastle It's topped off with a huge pyramid which serves as the palace]]. Naturally of course, in addition to being the Horde capital for the expansion it is also a raid. It's graveyard is also a super cool dungeon.
**Theramore, although like Thunder Bluff it isn't literally shiny, still fits the trope. It was built to be a symbol of peace and hope after the destruction of Lordaeron. It's destruction by Warchief Garrosh Hellscream is considered canonically to be one of the most heinous war crimes ever committed.


* Subverted with the city of Ba Sing Se in ''Series/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Through the first season (and first half of season 2), it's set up to be this - cue TheReveal.

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* Subverted with the city of Ba Sing Se in ''Series/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Through the first season (and first half of season 2), it's set up to be this - cue TheReveal.

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* Vathvael, the capital of Dorwinion in ''[[Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy Heart of Ashes]]'', is made of smooth alabaster stone, and the great show of craftsmanship that would be applied to cathedrals extends even to the poorer areas.


* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejong_City 'Sejong Special Self-Governing City']] was built to be this for [[UsefulNotes/{{SouthKorea}} Korea]]. It was named after the most revered king in Korean history, and the city was planned as a administrative city where shiny and new government offices and parks will be located along with government employees and their families as citizens away from UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} where too much of the political and administrative power was concentrated. This measure was also to prevent the entire governmental body being annihilated by a single strike from North Korea.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejong_City 'Sejong Special Self-Governing City']] was built to be this for [[UsefulNotes/{{SouthKorea}} [[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea Korea]]. It was named after the most revered king in Korean history, and the city was planned as a administrative city where shiny and new government offices and parks will be located along with government employees and their families as citizens away from UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} where too much of the political and administrative power was concentrated. This measure was also to prevent the entire governmental body being annihilated by a single strike from North Korea.UsefulNotes/NorthKorea.


* 'Sejong Special Self-Governing City' was built to be this for [[UsefulNotes/{{SouthKorea}} Korea]]. It was named after the most revered king in Korean history, and the city was planned as a administrative city where shiny and new government offices and parks will be located along with government employees and their families as citizens away from UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} where too much of the political and administrative power was concentrated. This measure was also to prevent the entire governmental body being annihilated by a single strike from North Korea.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejong_City 'Sejong Special Self-Governing City' City']] was built to be this for [[UsefulNotes/{{SouthKorea}} Korea]]. It was named after the most revered king in Korean history, and the city was planned as a administrative city where shiny and new government offices and parks will be located along with government employees and their families as citizens away from UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} where too much of the political and administrative power was concentrated. This measure was also to prevent the entire governmental body being annihilated by a single strike from North Korea.


When a city is "shining" in a literal sense but not necessarily a metaphorical one, see NeonCity.

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When a city is "shining" in a literal sense but not necessarily a metaphorical one, see NeonCity.
NeonCity. If the Shining City used to be a WretchedHive, than it is a HeelFaceTown.

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When a city is "shining" in a literal sense but not necessarily a metaphorical one, see NeonCity.


* Subverted with the city of Ba Sing Se in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Through the first season (and first half of season 2), it's set up to be this - cue TheReveal.

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* Subverted with the city of Ba Sing Se in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. ''Series/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Through the first season (and first half of season 2), it's set up to be this - cue TheReveal.TheReveal.
* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/{{She-ra}}'' with Bright Moon. It is a ''literally'' shining city, as it has the Moon Stone, which glows brightly with Rune Stone power. Bright Moon is home to Princess Glimmer and her family, as well as Bow and Adora, and it is even attacked at the end of season one by the Hoard forces.

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* Played with in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Central City is the capital and seat of power of Amestris where most of the important government buildings are located. Central is often seen from a bird's eye view while lit up, and in the final opening it is seen with searchlights, making it appear as though it is shining. When viewed from above, the streets make up the shape of a [[spoiler:transmutation circle]]. However, despite Amestris being important for the protagonists, it is also [[spoiler:the base of operations for the homunculi who were secretly in control of the government from the get-go]]. So, at the series end, [[spoiler:it's actually the villains trying to prevent Mustang and his team from taking it over rather than the other way around]].


** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the first Japanese level thanks to GameplayAndStorySegregation. The enemy leader boasts that his civilization is more beautiful, more cultured, and just plain better than yours, but the VideoGameAI has a tendency to turn the city into a bleak {{Mordor}} for expediency's sake anyway.

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** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the first Japanese level thanks to GameplayAndStorySegregation. The enemy leader boasts [[CulturalPosturing boasts]] that his civilization is more beautiful, more cultured, and just plain better than yours, but the VideoGameAI has a tendency to turn the city into a bleak {{Mordor}} for expediency's sake anyway.


* the primary setting for ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'' is Bonita Harbor, the exotic port city where both the titular hero team and the benevolent OneWorldOrder they work for are based. The book describes it as "UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco meets UsefulNotes/{{Auckland}} meets ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'''s Cape Suzette".

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* the The primary setting for ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'' is Bonita Harbor, the exotic port city where both the titular hero team and the benevolent OneWorldOrder they work for are based. The book describes it as "UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco meets UsefulNotes/{{Auckland}} meets ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'''s Cape Suzette".

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* the primary setting for ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'' is Bonita Harbor, the exotic port city where both the titular hero team and the benevolent OneWorldOrder they work for are based. The book describes it as "UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco meets UsefulNotes/{{Auckland}} meets ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'''s Cape Suzette".


* In ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite II'', your goal as a Good god is to create cities so magnificent that your enemies willingly defect to your side. This usually makes for happy citizens, beautiful residences, abundant amenities, wildflowers and butterflies, and, since LightIsGood, a metropolis crafted from gleaming white marble.

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goal as a Good god is to create cities so magnificent that your enemies willingly defect to your side. This usually makes for happy citizens, beautiful residences, abundant amenities, wildflowers and butterflies, and, since LightIsGood, a metropolis crafted from gleaming white marble.marble.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the first Japanese level thanks to GameplayAndStorySegregation. The enemy leader boasts that his civilization is more beautiful, more cultured, and just plain better than yours, but the VideoGameAI has a tendency to turn the city into a bleak {{Mordor}} for expediency's sake anyway.

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