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"Buildings are just buildings. What really makes a city are the inhabitants that live in it."

The city of Lessu was the planetary capital of the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth.

A city was a large and permanent settlement inhabited by sentient beings. A very large city was known as a megalopolis,[1] while a planet-covering city was known as an ecumenopolis.[2]


"Coruscant… the entire planet is one big city."
Ric Olié[src]

Galactic City was built over the entire planet of Coruscant.

In the galaxy, some cities could cover an entire planet's surface, the most well known example being Coruscant's Galactic City.[3] Other cities such as Mos Eisley on Tatooine could be simply large settlements with little to no infrastructure.[4] Similarly, the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk boasted tree-cities, communities of artificial structures surrounding and built in harmony with multiple wroshyr trees.[5] While most cities were built on a planet's surface, some cities were "floating" above the planet, such as Cloud City on Bespin,[6][7] or on water such as Tipoca City on the aquatic world of Kamino.[8] Cities could also be built below ground, such as on Utapau, where the cities were housed within large sinkholes that covered the planet's surface.[9] During construction, builders would also sometimes make efforts to blend the city with its surrounding natural habitat. A prime example was the city of Theed on Naboo, a planet which was known for its beautiful river cities of classical architecture and greenery.[10]

Large cities could hold planetary spaceports, company headquarters, offices, and all services.[11] To offer these services, cities were sometimes divided into different districts,[12] public buildings, residential and industrial.[11]

Capital cities were the political center of a planet, sometimes also the cultural center, and they held different buildings for those purposes.[11] Lessu was the capital city of Ryloth, the homeworld of the Twi'lek species.[13] As the cultural center of the galaxy and the capital of the Galactic Republic and the Galactic Empire,[11] Coruscant was filled with government and business buildings, such as the Senate Building,[8] as well as homes, theaters,[9] clubs, and other entertainment centers for the enjoyment of the city's population.[8]


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