"The smallest town in the world ?" Hum by JLBG

Hum Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 29 photos

Hum is situated 15 km southeast of Buzet. It prides itself of being the world smallest town. There are obviously smaller cities, but what is the difference between a town and a village ? Even if an elected mayor, a city wall, a church, are a must to define a town, there seem to be other cities that can claim the same. In France, I have found two cities that claim they are the smallest village of France : Larressingle, a fortified village of half an hectare, within a city wall of 250 meters built in the XIIth century and Castelmoron-d'Albret which, with 4 hectares has obviously not any right for that claim. In Belgium, the slogan of Durbuy, a picturesque little city in a deep valley of the Ardennes mountains is "the smallest town on earth". In the USA, Fishtail in southern Montana consists of about 5 buildings. It is also another "smallest town in the world".
Anyway, this is not really important to be number one smaller town in the world! THE smallest or one of the smallest, does not matter as far as Hum IS a nice city to visit.

  • Last visit to Hum: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    That is a small town! I wonder if it has grown at all since you were last there?

  • May 11, 2005 at 9:16 PM

    jean-louis, a fabulous page on this cute charming little town. thanks for sharing this interesting page with us!

  • mariev's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2005 at 11:50 AM

    Une grande page pour une petite ville. Le musée de Hum prétend il etre le plus grand musée de la ville ? ou le plus petit ?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 11:11 AM

    Great to see "the world's smallest town". Haha, right, Zabrisky point, near California Death Valley looks similar but it's much larger.

  • Jan 25, 2005 at 8:39 AM

    Interesting for architects how the label "town" came not from the urban structure (that seems more rural) but rather from the form of social organization. Well done page.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2004 at 1:47 AM

    A wonderful and very interesting page! Great info on the 'lavogne' and your picnic looks and sounds like a great meal!! Those ornate chimneys remind me of the Moorish influence in Portugal.


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