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1[[quoteright:350:[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings]]]]²²->''"'Behold!' Oscagne intoned quite formally. 'Behold the seat of beauty and truth! Behold the home of wisdom and power! Behold fire-domed Matherion, the centre of the world!'"''²-->-- ''Literature/DomesOfFire''²²No matter what age it's built in ([[SwordAndSandal bronze]], [[TheMiddleAges middle]], modern or [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas crystal]]) the Shining City is awesome, perhaps the best city to live in anywhere on the world. The Shining City is usually [[SpaceBrasilia purpose built from the word "Go"]], not a disorderly MegaCity that grew out of a settlement over hundreds of years. From the air, neat geometric patterns will be visible (not just grids, but circles, triangles, or fantastic symbols that create powerful GeometricMagic), and on the ground each and every building integrates seamlessly into a greater overall style. Above all, the Shining City is ''bright.'' On approach, expect it to be shown with lots and ''lots'' of artful shafts of sunlight that gleam off the [[AsceticAesthetic simple yet elegant white buildings]]; at night it will [[SceneryPorn shine like a neon angel]]. It will have lots of soaring towers, and citizens of the Shining City never suffer from acrophobia.²²The Shining City is usually the capital to TheFederation, has the headquarters of HeroesUnlimited, or is home to the heroes' favorite ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Because of its size it likely won't have the [[EccentricTownsfolk kooky and cozy feel of a small town]], or the [[{{Arcadia}} the gentle pace of the countryside]], but the inhabitants will at least be polite if not friendly, full of energy, and usually pursuing activities "of high culture and art". If that [[CulturalPosturing sounds a bit snobby]], then you've guessed right, the inhabitants (and often times the rulers) of the Shining City are culturally arrogant and perhaps [[HiddenElfVillage unhealthily insular.]]²²Thematically, it will serve as an urban [[LightIsGood beacon of hope]] for what [[RousseauWasRight mankind can build]] when it [[ThePowerOfFriendship works together.]] And for these reasons it tends to make viewers feel at home there and [[VideogameCaringPotential players feel protective.]] However, [[HobbesWasRight for those who have a more cynical view of humanity]], it can degenerate into a SoiledCityOnAHill.²²In its idealistic form, it's a trope that has days of much greater popularity; just as {{Arcadia}} rises in popularity the more people live in cities, the Shining City hits its peaks when more people live in the countryside.²²Not surprisingly, the bad guys want to destroy or conquer it. Reasons can be simple ambition or SlobsVersusSnobs brand jealousy, this one is common when the bad guys operate out of the Shining City's antithesis, the CityNoir. Depending on the story, it may survive intact, get random but repairable property damage, or [[DoomedHometown be doomed]] to [[WatchingTroyBurn burn like Troy.]] For extra fun, the bad guys' forces will be represented as an evil dark cloud on the horizon, threatening to both literally and figuratively darken the Shining City. Boiled down to basics, it's the urban equivalent of having a villain say "IHaveYouNowMyPretty!" to a city.²²Its {{Shadowland}} is prone to be TheLostWoods or other, even more inhospitable wilderness, but can also be the countryside as a place of ignorance, insularity, and sloth. Frequently the rest of the world is CrapsackOnlyByComparison.²²When a city is "shining" in a literal sense but not necessarily a metaphorical one, see NeonCity. If the Shining City used to be a WretchedHive, than it is a HeelFaceTown.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' portrays Tokyo and other metropolis in the world being this way in the future. Calculating from the age of the daddy Nobita, it should have been within the 2000s...²* Falconia from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is the most perfect city in the world, and a beacon of hope to those who wish for safety and a better life. Just looking at its towering white walls, you know it was created by magic rather than by mortal hands, and it has every possible public good: the city and the surrounding countryside are protected from monsters and invading armies; every refugee who goes there is guaranteed housing and employment; the whole city is rationally planned, with traffic control and plumbing included; there are bustling markets and public bathhouses; and finally it's all run by a charismatic leader who appears to be the messiah. [[spoiler:On the other hand, that leader is secretly a demon lord whose activities drew out the monsters they're escaping from in the first place. Meanwhile, he can barely rein in the BloodLust of his demonic army, so who knows if Falconia's inhabitants will be safe for long.]]²* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the city of Seiran is a huge pentagram city layout.²* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Zeus' shrine has a white-and-gold neo-classical aesthetic and sits on top of a giant plateau which is only accessible by an extremely long, steep staircase, setting it off from the surrounding scenery.²* 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]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:ComicBooks]]²* Asgard in Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' if often referred to as the Shining City or Golden Realm. This is usually accompanied by a number of grandiose claims like being the jewel of the nine worlds. Artistic portrayals usually have it be a city that is or looks like it is made of gold or a glowing, highly advanced city.²* Metropolis in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' is frequently portrayed like this, especially in contrast to the WretchedHive CityNoir that Franchise/{{Batman}} lives in. Ironically, while Superman has a lot to do with the average Metropolitan's attitude, what makes it ''look'' like a Shining City is [[ComicBook/LexLuthor Lex]][[VillainWithGoodPublicity corp's]] advanced technology.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fanfiction]]²* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the classic example of Asgard's citadel, with the implication of many more such cities. And then there was Krypton, which was similarly advanced (i.e. well into CrystalSpiresAndTogas territory).²** Atlantis was once like this. [[spoiler: Before it meddled with the Darkhold and imploded.]]²* The Elysium version of the Smurf Village that appears in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurfing In Heaven" is a village made entirely of gold. Unfortunately, Empath discovers that this is a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animated]]²* Syracuse in ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''; filled with gleaming white, gold domed buildings and spires, built upon and among impossibly high GhibliHills, which are all connected by elegant walkways. There is even an elevated canal for ships, linking the seas with the Royal Palace. Its a shame that we only see it for a few minutes of the movie though.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* Argos in ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' is an interesting example, in that while it ''should'' be the Shining City, the god's plagues and Calibos have dragged the citizenry down into despair.²* Creator/AlPacino's eulogy-speech in ''Film/CityHall'' is as much about UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity as it is about the dead victim, and speaks of the shining city New York once was and might be again.²* Asgard in ''Film/{{Thor}}''.²* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Theed City and Coruscant certainly qualify, as does the capital of Alderaan.²* The Emerald City in the movie version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' literally shines, having a city-sized green halo in the first long shot.²* The eponymous [[SpaceStation space habitat]] Elysium in ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.²* The moon-sized SpaceStation Yorktown in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', even filmed in Dubai, which is listed below on the Real Life folder.²* {{Atlantis}} in ''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'', both as the UnderwaterCity it is in the present day, and the AdvancedAncientAcropolis it was before it sank.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' Minas Tirith (lit. 'tower of The Guard') is the setting's Shining City (even though the outer wall, Othram, was depicted as black in the book). Minas Ithil (lit. 'tower of the Moon') was her sister and also a Shining City... until the Ringwraiths turned it into the WretchedHive of pure evil known as [[ Minas Morgul]] (tower of Sorcery). Both were originally glorified guard-posts for Gondor's original capital, the ''Shining'' Shining City of Osgiliath on the Anduin river. The Gondorian Civil War, Great Plague, and finally a sacking by an army of the first Uruk-Hai put an end to that status. Founding the new capital away from Osgiliath and the border with Mordor was unthinkable because it felt too much like admitting defeat, so the city of Minas Anor (City of the Sun) was renamed and put to that purpose. ²** Minas Morgul ''does'' still emit light, but it's a "a corpse-light, a light that illuminated nothing."²** ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' has the [[HiddenElfVillage Hidden City]] of Gondolin, the last free nation of the Ñoldor in Middle-Earth and the fairest city ever constructed by the Elves in exile. Naturally, Morgoth gets it in the end.²** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' also has the Lonely Mountain and its underground Dwarf kingdom of Erebor, which lies next to the adjacent and allied Northmen city of Dale. Both of these northern cities are easily as impressive as Minas Tirith.²* Though not a city, the Ivory Tower in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' qualifies on counts of being the Childlike Empress' home... and ''really'' shiny!²* The Emerald City in [[Literature/LandOfOz the Oz series]].²* Creator/DavidEddings:²** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', there's the city of Kell; the prequels to ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' describe beautiful Vo Wacune, which doubled as a DoomedHometown for Polgara. In the same country is the capital of Arendia, Vo Mimbre, whose walls are sheathed in gold. Mandorallen gives a speech about it similar to the page quote, calling it the "Queen of the World".²** ''Literature/TheTamuli'' has "Fire-domed Matherion", the capital of a continent-wide empire. Matherion is an exaggeration to the point of parody: the entire city is sheathed in mother-of-pearl, giving it a breathtaking iridescent gleam. But the cost of the shells is such that the empire goes into a mild recession every time a storm hits the city.²* The ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series has the capital city, Alera, for which the country is named. Actually all the great cities are described in these terms, Kalare is noted as a partial exception.²* UsefulNotes/{{Rome}} is frequently described this way in the ''Emperor'' books.²* By contrast, in the ''Literature/{{Conqueror}}'' books by the same author, both Yenking and Otrar are described in terms normally applicable to this trope; however, since the {{protagonist}} of these books is Genghis Khan, the readers follow those attempting to destroy them.²* The eponymous city of Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' is literally a shining city. Even its inhabitants shine. Of course, due to a few complications, it serves as more of a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombified]] AdvancedAncientAcropolis through the course of the story.²* The city of Tar Valon in the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, which surrounds the White Tower and is surrounded by the Shining Walls. All the buildings were built ahead of time by master stonemasons in pretty shapes reminiscent of waves and seashells and such, and the White Tower in the middle is housing for the powerful Aes Sedai, an order of magic-users with great political influence. Also fits the snobbishness bit, since the Aes Sedai are rather arrogant.²** Most Ogierbuilt cities count as well, though the most prominent ones are the aforementioned Tar Valon and Caemlyn. Cairhien would be an example, but it's had an unfortunate tendency to be repeatedly pillaged in the books' recent history.²* The capital of the Mid-Galactic Empire in ''Literature/TheStarKings'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton is built of glass upon shining silica cliffs above a silver sea. With a hot white sun like Canopus overhead the citizenry must have to wear shades.²* Capitol in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' certainly looks the part, even though its actually a WretchedHive filled with decadent hedonists who take from the poor Districts without giving anything back and expect annual entertainment in the form of the eponymous games (i.e. gladiatorial battles to the death). The [[Film/TheHungerGames film]] makes it look even more spectacular, a sharp contrast to the poverty-stricken District 12.²* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Ankh-Morpork is a very deliberate subversion of the thousands-of-years-old Shining City. It's been around for thousands of years, sure. It has citadels and towers and walls and palaces. But it shows its age and more importantly the lack of good flush plumbing and sewers, something Tolkien paid little attention to. The river is an open sewer that walks rather than flows, the streets are paved with...''something''..., the Tower of Art is a twisted wreck with bits falling off; the city walls are decrepit, covered in graffiti, and falling down, and its most unique claim to fame is its smell. Even Orcs would find their nasal equipment closing down in self-preservation. Played with in the sense that, despite the chaos and dilapidation, Ankh-Morpork still ''works''; it's still ''the place'' to be on the Disc. ²* In the science fiction novel ''Literature/NationOfTheThirdEye'' by K.K. Savage, there is a shining astral city located literally on the sun's surface. It is populated by highly evolved beings and changes shape all the time. ²* Saturn City in ''Literature/AeonLegionLabyrinth''. This powerful city state floats in the [[PlaceBeyondTime Edge of Time]] and serves as the [[TimePolice Aeon Legion's]] primary base. Saturn City citizens enjoy eternal youth and basically have all the time they want to dedicate to partying. Given the silvery white metal architecture, it is also a literal example of this trope as well.²* Tanelorn in the various works of Creator/MichaelMoorcock is the archetypal shining city: every world in the Multiverse seems to have its own version of it.²* Amber in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Amber'' serii is ''The'' City; all cities everywhere are supposedly imperfect shadows of it. It's pretty nice in its own right, but Tir na Nog is one of the two shadows that's visible from Amber itself (the other is Rebma, at the bottom of the sea); it's a shining spectral city in the sky which, in the moonlight, is ''just'' tangible enough to visit without falling through the floor. Just have someone standing by to get you out quick in case clouds come up.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live Action TV]]²* This fits the level of love that the cast of ''Series/MemphisBeat'' seems to have for their eponymous hometown, although protagonist Dwight Hendricks seems to be almost religious in his reverence.²* Most Earth cities in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are like this. The one we see most often, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco (Star Fleet HQ), certainly qualifies.²** The capitals of friendly worlds like Trill and Bajor are usually shown like this, too. More antagonistic or troublesome capitals, like those on Romulus and Cardassia, still manage to look impressive and imposing.²** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Muse", a poet in an alien Bronze Age society writes a play from the logs of a crashed shuttle, referring to this trope in the final words of his play.²-->'''KELIS:''' And ''Voyager'' will continue on her journey to the gleaming cities of Earth where peace reigns, and hatred has no home.²* The Capital of Gallifrey in ''Series/DoctorWho''.²* Camelot is portrayed as this when {{Series/Merlin|2008}} first arrived there (the first shot of the city shows [[SceneryPorn a beautiful castle bathed in sunlight]]). He quickly learnt that [[WelcomeToTheBigCity it's a dangerous place to live for magic users]].²* In the case of ''Series/LukeCage2016'', it's "Shining Borough": Harlem is shown reverence even by the antagonists, [[labelnote:with one exception]]Diamondback, for whom Harlem is simply the place Luke Cage lives[[/labelnote]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Religion]]²* The astronomically huge New Jerusalem, described in the [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] Literature/BookOfRevelation, is a visionary Shining City frequently identified with Heaven itself. It has walls and streets of gold, foundations of gemstones, and twelve gates, each one carved of a single monstrous pearl. (Yes, THOSE "pearly gates." The oysters are left to your imagination.) Trees of Life, like the one forbidden to Adam and Eve when they were expelled from Eden, here line the streets, and a river of Water of Life springs from the foot of Christ's throne. The whole thing is cubical in shape and roughly as large, on a side, as the distance from Old Jerusalem to Rome. It specifically contains no temple because it doesn't need one, considering Who lives there.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* Played for horror with Light City in ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'''s "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho054TheNaturalHistoryOfFear The Natural History of Fear]]".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' the plot of the Mesoamerican-inspired Ixalan is the search for Orazca, an El Dorado-like city of gold built by the ancestors of the Sun Empire.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Yu-Shan, the seat of power of Unconquered Sun and the Five Maidens. The center of CelestialBureaucracy runs by the myriad gods of Creation. The headquarter of the Sidereal Exalted. It's basically the Capitol of Creation itself, with the usual intrigues. Its {{Shadowland}} is Malfeas the Demon City (a city that's also an individual), which used to rule it as its God-king.²** Yu-Shan does also have areas of urban sprawl (typically the enormous slums populated by destitute gods whose domains have been lost or rendered largely irrelevant, or who have otherwise fallen from grace).²** The city of Meru, capital of the Old Realm, also qualifies. The Imperial City is its closest counterpart during the Second Age.²** 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}} in the form of 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.²* The 4th Edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' provides Hestavar, a city on the Astral Sea where Pelor, Ioun, and Erathis (god of Sun, Knowledge, and Civilization, respectively) resides. It's also the afterlife for the followers of those gods. And it does have its share of intrigue.²* The city-plane of Axis in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' is a megalopolis bigger than most material planets. It is the archetype on which all civilization is modeled and the physical embodiment of the LawfulNeutral alignment. Like Hestavar, it is the home of several gods, including Abadar, the god of civilization, and the deceased Aroden, god of humans. Its builders and main inhabitants, the axiomites, are living mathematical concepts who pushed back the primal chaos of the Maelstrom and practically invented culture. It does have a seedy underside, though--the sewer-realm of Norgorber, the god of thieves and secrets.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' provides a fair few of these, although, being the [[CrapsackWorld sort of setting]] it is, virtually all have since fallen, decayed or hide terrible secrets. Examples include the City of Seers on Prospero (razed by the Space Wolves); Eldar Craftworlds (home to the last remnants of a race so decadent it created the ''God(dess?) of Sensual Excess''); many Shrine Worlds of the Imperium, most notably Holy Terra itself, although all of those have sizable WretchedHive slum zones, often underground; the Tau worlds; and many of the cities in the Realm of Ultramar (apart from areas on Calth and Macragge which are still rebuilding from the last wars fought on them).²** The Word Bearers Legion ''used'' to build grand temple-cities on the worlds they conquered in the name of the Emperor. After the Horus Heresy, those were almost all destroyed by Imperial loyalists. The Word Bearers still raise grand temple-cities, but they no longer fit this trope, being dedicated to the [[ReligionOfEvil Ruinous Powers of Chaos]], and usually made of blackened wrought iron and obsidian. And covered in [[SpikesOfDoom Evil Spikes of Evil]].²* In ''TabletopGame/{{Infernum}}'', the Ninth Circle of Hell is Pandemonium, the capital of the Infernum, a symbol of all of demonkind's hopes and dreams, and the prize for whoever unites Hell under his claw. From the perspective of anyone else, of course, it's the Ninth Circle of Hell, an impossible maze of streets between the palaces of the First Fallen, ringed by a river of black ice.²* In ''TabletopGame/SparksOfLight'', Waterfall City is the Earthly headquarters of the Courts of Light. The streets are clean and green spaces well-maintained, the local economy revolves around art, entertainment and leisure, the wealth available through the Light funds social services that make Scandinavia look poor, and Dark magic has no presence. The only problem is that even with housing assistance and social services, people are getting priced out of living there because the city has no more room to grow, and the waitlists to get into the necessary programs are years long.²* 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".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has Metru Nui and Artakha for the [[HumongousMecha Matoran Universe]], and Atero for [[CrapsackWorld Bara Magna]]. [[spoiler: Sadly, all three were eventually destroyed, Metru Nui irreparably]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Video Games]]²* The city of Trodel Stadt in ''Endless Frontier'', city sitting along in a world full of blast craters and crashed battleships.²* The Citadel Station in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', capital of the [[TheFederation Citadel Council]], definitely qualifies, even though it's got [[UnwittingPawn a little]] [[ViciousCycle secret]]...²** Nos Astra on Illium and Milgrom on Bekenstein in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' are these for the [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe asari]] and humans respectively, but in typical Creator/BioWare fashion they have dark undersides as well.²** Based on the Prothean ruins, one can assume that their cities were like this as well. Of course, as revealed in the third game, they weren't nearly as glorious and enlightened as Liara had always assumed, [[spoiler: forging an interstellar [[TheEmpire Empire]] out of subject races and forcing them to adopt their doctrine]].²* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''²** The series' lore describes Alinor, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmeri]] capital city of the Summerset Isles, as one. Impossibly tall vine-line buildings with swirling architecture [[{{Arcology}} rise high into the sky]], where their glass/crystalline structures refract light to create rainbows in a manner reminiscent of "insect wings." ²** ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has Mournhold, the massive capital city of the eponymous province visited in the ''Tribunal'' expansion. It's expressly called "City of light. City of ''magic''" by its denizens.²** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' - The Imperial City fits this perfectly.²** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':²*** Solitude. Capital of Skyrim, visible for miles from atop the rock arch it's built on, and full of grand Imperial towers and manor houses.²*** Whiterun. It's a well kept, clean Nordic city. It is home to the largest castle in Skyrim (Dragonsreach) and has a very bright White Pinewood on Yellow Roof theme and can be seen from pretty much anywhere on the map if you get high enough.²* Zig-zagged in the ''VideoGame/CityBuildingSeries'' game line, where each level consists of building or managing a city to meet specific victory conditions. Sometimes the goal is to create a shining city with awe-inspiring monuments, luxurious residences, IdleRich, a full treasury, and/or plenty of amenities. Others have a level objective like [[HoldTheLine repelling invasions]] or cranking out exports and let you run the place into the ground as long as you get the job done.²* This is largely the goal of city-building games, with you as its king/major/[[AGodIsYou god]]/whatnot:²** BananaRepublic: ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}''.²** Modern: ''VideoGame/SimCity'', ''VideoGame/CitiesXL''.²* Some ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' games allow a "Cultural" victory condition, where your entire civilization is so full of shining cities that everyone else can't help but feel awed.²* What little we see of Upper Heng Sha in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' fits this. It is impeccably built in a [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas futuristic style]] and is a major hub of China's augmentation industry. It is also the ''only'' location ''all three VideoGame/DeusEx'' games that we see [[AlwaysNight in broad daylight]]. Shiny? Oh yes!²* Baticul in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. It's known as the City of Light.²** And Grand Chokmah, the Floating City. It is, if anything, even brighter and shinier than Baticul.²* The [[FloatingContinent floating city]] of Caldoria in ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'', even though we get to see very little of it, since the games are focused on traveling to the past.²** {{Atlantis}} was this as well, at least by ancient standards. On the other hand, Atlanteans maintained their secrecy by fielding a powerful navy that captured any ship that happened to get too close to Atlantis. The crews were allowed to live in the city, provided they never try to leave.²* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Dalaran fits this trope 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 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. The beam of light is created by a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Naaru]]. ²** 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. ²** What remains of Silvermoon City. 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. ²** 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. ²** 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. ²** 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. ²** 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. ²* The city inside the ARK in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}''.²* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' has one for each playable race. The capital of Kryta for the humans, Divinity's Reach is essentially a positively massive fairy tale castle that never stopped growing, the Charr have the Black Citadel, which can best be described as a steampunk EPCOT, the Norn have Hoelbrak Lodge, the Sylvari have the Pale Tree, dominated by the light of what can only be described as their goddess, and the Asura have Rata-Sum, a massive, floating cube filled with technological and magical wonders.²* Anor Londo, the City of the Gods in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', apart from being abandoned, seem to fit this perfectly. [[spoiler: It's a subversion - the shining part is an illusion created by Gwyndolin, and can be dispelled by "killing" the illusion of his sister Gwynevere. The sun will then dissapear from the city, leaving it in a creepy darkness which really lets you feel it's a GhostTown.]]²* Laurentia in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' was its world's premier center of culture, finance, medicine and science and was the chosen city of [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Baraas]], the [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels personification of cooperation]]. [[spoiler:This meant it was the last place standing when the rest of the world went to hell and very nearly took Laurentia with it.]]²* ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite 2'':²** 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.²** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the first Japanese level thanks to GameplayAndStorySegregation. The enemy leader [[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.²* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'': Jeuno is this, a shining neutral city-state in a central location between the three warring nations, with grand architecture and an opulent in-game soundtrack.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', the [[MeaningfulName name]] "[[ Chel'el'Sussoloth]]" literally translates to "city of light within darkness".²* Kethenecia in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', which was depopulated but has since become repopulated by TheAlliance.²* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': The location of Ashendel where the Elves live provides a [[ stunning view]].²* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', Starlight Point is a "beacon of good and light" whose ruler is an angelic warrior and whose government building is a [[ literal beacon]] of light. Inside, it's a bit of a SugarBowl with paid illusionists to build the citizens' self-esteem and inspire them to do good deeds.²* ''Webcomic/LovelyLovecraft'': Randolph Carter's city of Ilek-Vad.²* The [[FloatingContinent Winged Cities]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* In {{Literature/TwistedCogs}} the city of Milia is a downplayed version of this. It is bright, extremely clean (for the [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance time period]]), and a center of high class culture.²* The self-styled city of Utopia in [[ The Chronicles of Utopia Volume II]] is this in spades. The city is made from white stone and its main defensive wall contains a massive interconnected network of defensive and divine warding schemes to keep out its enemies. The city itself is ruled by an immortal golden dragon and is considered a center of learning and enlightened thought.²* The eponymous city of ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* Canterlot, the capital city of Equestria in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', is named after Camelot and [[ShoutOut based on]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Minas Tirith]] for good measure.²** [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas The Crystal Empire]] might be an even better example. Not only does it look pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly]] [[ like what its name makes you expect,]] but the AmplifierArtifact that protects its borders is directly powered by the inhabitants' happiness, and [[TheDreaded the evil]] [[SorcerousOverlord entity]] that threatens it is personified as [[AdvancingWallOfDoom a huge wall]] [[MadeOfEvil of shadow]].²* 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.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* The American concept of building a [[ City on a Hill]], an American utopia based on Christian principles to serve as an example to the rest of the world. It's a reference to the Sermon on the Mount: "Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do [men] light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."\²\²That analysis reflects more how UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan redefined John Winthrop's original usage. When Winthrop said that, he meant to remind his followers that their stated aims meant that they would be under greater scrutiny from the rest of the world, that their mistakes would be as visible as their successes.²* If any actual city comes close to this, it's UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}}, at least as it appears in [[ this half-hour video]] of a ride along the city's mostly elevated metro system through three of its major built-up areas, in gold-tinged late-afternoon sunlight, with an ambient-music soundtrack. It's somehow reassuring that there's at least one place on Earth where the 21st century actually does look the way all those older movies and TV shows (at least the ones that weren't set in a post-nuclear holocaust world) imagined it would. (And it does, indeed, look like ''Film/BladeRunner'' [[ at night]])²* UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC was built as one of these, what with the Neoclassical architecture realized in bright white stone, the rational grid of streets, and so on, to house the enlightened, rational government. Unfortunately, it was built in the middle of a disease-ridden swamp, many of the buildings in early DC were ramshackle huts, and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem that government]] became the site of corruption and sectional acrimony within the space of a generation.²* Brasilia, the planned city built to be the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}}. It's full of sleek and gleaming white buildings with a deliberately '60s space-age flair, surrounded by plenty of open grassy pavilions and forested areas, making it look like a real-life Tomorrowland. As if that wasn't enough, the whole city was laid out in the shape of '''a jumbo jet''', just to hammer home that Brazil was going places. Unfortunately, its utopian aspirations crashed and burned, as Brasilia became the seat of a military junta less than five years after it was completed.²* [[ '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 UsefulNotes/NorthKorea.²* Constantinople (now it's IstanbulNotConstantinople) remained the Shining City (at least as an ideal; in practice it was more of a MegaCity) of UsefulNotes/{{Europe}} for well over a millennia during its time as capital of UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire. Purpose-built by Constantine to be the capital of his empire, it served as the gateway to the east (through UsefulNotes/TheSilkRoad) and eclipsed its predecessor (Rome) in importance for the Roman Empire -- by the 12th century, Constantinople was practically synonymous with the last vestiges of Rome. This continued after its conquest by the Ottomans, who referred to it as "The City of the World's Desire". With the growing importance of the American colonies and spice trade through the Cape of Good Hope, the city lost much of its luster.²[[/folder]]²²----


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