Samistopol

Samistopol

Самістополь
Samistopol'
Capital city and metropolis
Clockwise from top-left: Palace of the Republic • Kravets Museum of Astronomy and Sciences • Kolisnyk Building • Hôtel de Sophia • CZAK-2 Tower • Olsov Square
CountryNarozalica
ProvinceSamistopol
Founded10th century
City status1093
Government
 • MayorMyron Koslov (PF)
Area
 • Capital city and metropolis4,981 km2 (1,923 sq mi)
 • Urban
1,087 km2 (420 sq mi)
 • Metro
4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)
Elevation
0–39 m (0–128 ft)
Population
(2020)
 • Capital city and metropolis10,533,871
 • Rank1st in Narozalica (1st in Euclea)
 • Density2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
 • Urban
1,098,123
 • Metro
8,625,182
Demonym(s)Samistopolitan
Time zoneUTC-3 (Western Euclean Time)

Samistopol (Narodyn: Самістополь; Samistopol) is the capital and largest city of the Narozalic Republic. With a total metropolitan population of over ten million people, is it both the largest city in Narozalica and Euclea by population and largest in Narozalica by metropolitan area, at 4,981 square kilometres. The city sits on the Bay of Lipa and is one of few cities of its size not settled on a river. Samistopol has a strong tourist industry owing to its character as a popular tourist destination. Characterised by its unique and diverse selection of architectural styles, including baroque, gothic and art nouveau, Samistopol is renowned for its urban beauty and is often ranked among the nicest cities in Euclea.

Samistopol was first settled in the 10th century and given city status as a northern naval outpost for the Duchy of Pavatria. With a wealthy source of fish from the Bay of Lipa and Perovo Sea, Samistopol grew quickly in wealth and influence, rivalling that of Patovatra, the duchy's capital. As Narozalica unified, Samistopol was selected as the capital city for its strategic defensive position and now encompassing size compared to other cities of its calibre. As Narozalica expanded, both in Euclea and colonially, many settlers travelled to Samistopol to live, quickly expanding the city's population and size. Samistopol was one of Euclea's fastest growing cities in the 19th century and was the fastest growing in western Euclea. The city suffered minimal damage during the First Narozalic Civil War and Great War, preserving much of its original architecture. To the modern-day, Samistopol is still consistently ranked as one of the most influential cities in Euclea.

Samistopol's architecture has inspired many other cities, including those in Narozalica, Euclea, and abroad. It's noted "Samistopolitan" style of city planning was one of the first cities in Euclea that employed extensive urban greening, with many parks opened in Samistopol by the rulers of Narozalica. Outside of city planning and architecture, Samistopol is known for its vibrant night scene, universities, museums and restaurants, and is one of western Euclea's cultural capitals. Important political institutions such as the Vojnaskul are also located in Samistopol.