What Makes Cities Beautiful?

CitiesBeautiful.org is devoted to (1) providing you with a broadened and deeper understanding of civic beauty;
(2) determining what is beautiful to you via a personalized civic beauty ranking test; (3) based on your test results, presenting free, interactive tour maps of the most beautiful urban places in the world; and (4) offering extensive additional opportunities for learning more about civic beauty. Click here for an introductory video.

What is Beautiful?

A profound question! YOU can discover what is beautiful about cities worldwide with this website’s “15 Beautiful Facets”.
Discover Beautiful Facets

What is Beautiful TO YOU?

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” YOU can measure your perceptions with the Civic Beauty Ranking (CBR) test.
Take the Ranking Test

Explore the Beauty

With the 15 Beautiful Facets and your CBR test results, YOU can enjoy free, personalized tours of the beautiful features of cities on six continents!
Visit Beautiful Cities

What They Say

Ready to learn more? YOU can read a free e-book that consolidates 2,600 years of commentaries about civic beauty by philosophers, architects, etc.
Learn the Details
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Facets

What Is Beautiful? – Introducing the 15 Beautiful Facets

For more than 2,600 years, beginning with Pythagoras in Ancient Greece, a broad spectrum of theories have been put forth on the nature of beauty generally and civic beauty specifically. A number of universal truths concerning beauty can be identified in those theories, despite the vast differences in times and places, cultures, professions, and so on, of their authors. Fifteen "common threads" emerge, as listed on the left, and hereinafter called the 15 Beautiful Facets.

The FACETS tab contains definitions, examples, and other information about each one. You can discover your favorites among the 15 Beautiful Facets by taking the Civic Beauty Ranking test (at the RANKINGS tab). You can then use your test results to achieve more beautiful experiences when taking the virtual tours of cities at this website and in real world visits to urban places around the world (at the CITIES tab). You can also obtain a wealth of additional information about the derivation of the 15 Beautiful Facets and other civic beauty topics (see the DETAILS tab).


Beautiful to You

What Is Beautiful TO YOU? – Find Out with the Civic Beauty Ranking Test

The purpose of the Civic Beauty Ranking (CBR) test is to determine your personal preferences among the 15 Beautiful Facets. The CBR is a psychometric questionnaire, somewhat like a Myers Briggs personality assessment test (MBTI®). From the test you will learn which of the 15 Beautiful Facets resonate the most with who you are.

You will then be able to use this new knowledge about yourself for:

  • Perceiving and appreciating civic beauty in a new light
  • Predicting what features in cities you will find the most beautiful
  • Prioritizing the features to visit in tours of cities worldwide
  • Describing to others what you find most beautiful in cities
  • Comparing your CBR profile to the CBR profiles of your friends and colleagues.

Explore Beauty

Explore the Beauty – Your Personalized Tours of Cities Worldwide

At the CITIES tab are tour maps of cities on six continents. Dozens of beautiful features (e.g., buildings, plazas, panoramas) in each city have been categorized, color-coded and number-coded according to the 15 Beautiful Facets. For example, on the left is a portion of the tour map for San Francisco, USA. Clicking on any pin will bring up a photo and description of the beautiful feature at that location.

Thereafter, when touring a city at this website, you will want to be sure to click on the features that are coded by your favorite Beautiful Facets. If your test results reveal, for example, that you are especially drawn to the Beautiful Facets of Epiphany , Elegance , and Chronicle , you will want to click on those pins first.


What they Say

What They Say – A Synthesis of 2,600 Years of Beautiful Theories

At the DETAILS tab is a free e-book that summarizes, integrates, and expands upon 26 centuries of observations by:

  • Aesthetic philosophers, such as Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Emmanuel Kant;
  • Architects, including Vitruvius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier
  • City planners, like Camillo Sitte, Daniel Burnham, and Edmond Bacon
  • Behavioral psychologists, for instance, William James, Ethel Puffer, and Abraham Maslow
  • Other observers and activists, notably Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and Virginia Postrel

The e-book provides information on various other civic beauty topics, for example, the calculation of the Cities Beautiful Index (CBI) for each of the cities at this website.


Enjoy a Trip – the best travel destinations of the world and get detailed information about what makes a city beautiful

At CitiesBeautiful.org you can determine the true beauty of the world’s beautiful cities through a civic beauty ranking test that comprises of 15 beautiful facets. You can take the test yourself and find out what appeals to you in a city and what wonders of the world are most beautiful in terms of their originality, grandeur, elegance etc.

Travel to amazing places and make a list of the must-visit top cities in the world
Whether you are on the hunt for the most famous landmarks of the world or wish to visit the top beautiful buildings in the world – we at CitiesBeautiful.org provide you a more deepened and broadened concept of civic beauty. Explore breathtaking landscapes and discover the best features that make a city unique.