The world map has changed over the ages because of the revolutions and wars that brought down empires To reveal the birth of new countries.
David Gordon, professor of urban planning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, writes in the introduction to Capital Planning in the Twentieth Century that by 2000 the number of countries with capitals had risen to more than 200, after the collapse of the two British empires French, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
Most countries chose one city as their capital.
Gordon says it is the place where politicians meet to pass laws, where the country’s central administrative bodies are located.
From the Republic of Benin to the Kingdom of Iswatini, there are countries all over the world with two or more capitals. Find out about the capitals of these countries that can be visited in the future.
Benin Republic: Porto Novo and Cotonou
The vibrant coastal city of Cotonou welcomes travelers to Benin with rhythms, and it is no wonder that the largest city in the country is also the seat of government.
As for the official capital, it is located an hour away in the city of Porto Novo, where the sparkle of life in the big city gives way to the tree-lined streets and historic architecture.
The powers have been divided between the two cities since the Republic of Benin gained independence from France in 1960.
Chile: the city of Santiago and Valparaiso
While members of Chile’s national administrative and judicial bodies watch snow falling in the mountains around Santiago, the national legislature can enjoy a sunset scene behind the colorful Pacific in Valparaiso.
The two amazing cities are only 72 miles away from each other by road.
In Santiago, the official capital, tall buildings shining in gray-blue with a distinct background of rocky peaks.
Valparaiso, where the national legislative center is, is a dilapidated jewel and a bohemian flair.
Ivory Coast: Yamoussoukro and Abidjan
President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who has ruled Ivory Coast for more than three decades, from 1960 to 1993, used his position by making his childhood in Yamoussoukro the country’s second capital in 1983.
Compared to the original capital, Abidjan, Yamoussoukro remains asleep.
Abidjan is the actual seat of government, where elegant artworks in the Cecil Fakhoury Gallery meet modern architecture and colorful markets.
Czech Republic: Prague and Brno
Gothic towers and Baroque ceiling lines line the Vltava River in Prague, an attractive city that represents a masterpiece of Czech culture and history.
Prague Castle is among the most impressive sites, and it is part of the UNESCO city’s historical center. The sprawling castle was built in the ninth century and remains the official office of the President of the Czech Republic.
While the Supreme Court in the Czech Republic is located in the second least known capital of the country, the city of Brno, where students fill elegant cafes, adventurous visitors have the opportunity to go underground to a maze-like cemetery, containing tens of thousands of human skeletons.
The Kingdom of Iswatini: Mbabane and Lubumba
The landlocked country, formerly known as “Swaziland”, has diverse landscapes in less than 7,000 square miles of land.
In the mountainous west, the cliff is broken free of green hillsides that descend into pastures just above sea level.
Mbabane, the administrative capital, is located in the heart of the Dalangini hills. And if you are hoping to take a look at the absolute monarch of the Kingdom of Iswatini, King Mswati III, then you should head to Lubumba, the royal capital, where the royal family resides in “Ludzidzini Royal Residence”, one of many royal residences throughout the country.
The annual Isoatini Festival of Arts and Music is just one stop on the African Festival circuit.
Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
Kuala Lumpur has a mix of minarets, futuristic towers and street markets, to embody Malaysian life and culture. Pubs buzz on the roof all night and rush hour stops traffic. It is also the national capital, seat of the legislature and the official home of the King of Malaysia.
But even governments need a break from the life of big cities.
In 1995 the government began building Putrajaya, a quieter city that wraps around a massive man-made lake. Large-scale landmarks flourished in Putrajaya, including the bright pink Putra Mosque, which has become a prominent tourist attraction.