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Old May 26th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #21
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Manchester Square, London. Was named after the Duke of Manchester, who built his house (then called Manchester House) in 1777. The square was built between 1776-88, So even though it is named after a city, it was really a Duke.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #22
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The city of Savannah is famous for its historic squares. The squares with city names:

Washington Square - 1790
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Columbia Square - 1799
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Orleans Square - 1815
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Madison Square - 1837
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Lafayette Square - 1837
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Monterey Square - 1847
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Old May 27th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #23
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those squares seem gardens rather than squares, but ok.

We don't have any square with a city name, it is not our tradition to do so, because squares are only named after important people for the city or nation or some very important nationwide event.

we do have streets named after other cities which we have a relation.

Foreing ones:

Rua de La Guardia - La Guardia, Spain
regarding a small city in the border. people from my city venerated the saint of the hill (amazing pyramid-like hill), traditionally they went there to ask the saint to change the winds to get back home by doing runic-like inscriptions and with chants. La Guardia also has a monument decicated to Povoa people in the hill.

Rua de Porto Alexandre - Tombwe, Angola (its former name) - In early 1900s, when Brazilian government asked Povoa's immigrants (fishermen) in Rio de Janeiro to become Brazilians as they controlled fisheries in the city, poveiro people refused to change nationality and many left Rio and other Brazilian cities, and the governor of Angola (then a Portuguese colony) had the idea to create a Poveiro colony in Porto Alexandre in Southern Angola to develop fisheries there.

Avenida de Montgeron - Montgeron, France - Twin city in France that is very unlike Povoa, but both created great friendship, and is now even the name of an hole area of the city.

Portuguese cities that the city considers friends (mostly closeby):
Rua Cidade do Porto
Avenida de Braga (now an unnamed casino square, but there's now Rua de Braga in another area).
Rua de Barcelos
Rua de Guimarães
Rua Vila Nova de Famalicão
Rua de Viana do Castelo
Rua de Vila Real (i think there's also this one)
Rua do Estoril (the other Portuguese gambling town)

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Old May 28th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #24
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those squares seem gardens rather than squares, but ok.

We don't have any square with a city name, it is not our tradition to do so, because squares are only named after important people for the city or nation or some very important nationwide event.

So they don't seem like squares to you? Maybe the tree canopy and lush vegetation of Savannah makes it look strange to you. As with any terminology, people of different cultures may define squares in various ways. In the U.S. the word "garden" is typically used to describe where we might grow vegetables or flowers, but above would be called a park and outside my house is my yard or lawn.

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In the United States a town square typically consists of a park or plaza in front of the original county courthouse or town hall. An Urban Square is open public space defined by the surrounding built environment, its functions and connections to the neighbourhood.

In urban planning, a city square is a planned open area in a city, usually or originally rectangular in shape. Some city squares are large enough that they act as a sort of "national square".
Most of the Savannah squares with city names were originally named for a famous person or an event. The only one named for a city is Orleans Square, and it actually commemorates the Battle of New Orleans from the U.S. War of 1812. Maybe I was wrong, but the title of the thread is "Squares with Names of Cities" so I posted some that fit the description...but they aren't squares that are named after cities...
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Old May 29th, 2008, 02:22 AM   #25
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One of the most famous squares in the world,

Paris Square (Pariser Platz) in Berlin







I loved Pariser Platz when I visited Berlin for the first time in March 2007. It was so big and full of fresh air and it has the very famous gate. Plus it carries the name of one of my favorite cities: Paris.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:45 AM   #26
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So they don't seem like squares to you? Maybe the tree canopy and lush vegetation of Savannah makes it look strange to you. As with any terminology, people of different cultures may define squares in various ways. In the U.S. the word "garden" is typically used to describe where we might grow vegetables or flowers, but above would be called a park and outside my house is my yard or lawn.
More then two decades ago I lived in Savannah for three months (near Abercorn and Gwinnett) and I can tell you this city of small park-like squares is so full of grace and charm! The beautiful nineteenth century architecture, the lush vegitation, that elegant "Old South" manners and customs ... and yet, after dark it became a differant place - decadent, sexy, street girls, drag queens, nighttime outdoor cruising ... John Berendt captured it well in his best selling book "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil."

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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #27
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In Paris, apart from the one around Place de l'Europe, there many other squares with names of cities, one of my favorite names being: PLACE DE RIO DE JANEIRO!

And in Rio there is althought a Praça de Paris
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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #28
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Montréal's Square Victoria.
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