It is an open city, an island surrounded by sea, and being a trading city, it welcomes outsiders.
Teju Cole's disquietingly powerful debut open city does none of the above.
His Nigeria book, Every Day is For the Thief, was actually written in 2006, prior to open city.
In Europe, it has long been a rule of military morals, that no open city shall ever be bombarded.
On this date the Germans threw more than 2,000 shells into the open city of Rheims, killing several of the civilian population.
I interrupted the Seor Blas here, asking him if Valencia was not an open city?
General Braze was at work with his men in the open city, clearing away the ugly signs of battle.
In my great-grandfather's time there had been no roof here; the open city was exposed to all the inclement weather.
However, Brussels is an open city and it is a question if we would be as well off there as here in this strongly fortified place.
At Rome, finding himself helpless in an open city, the emperor conceived the idea of invoking the power of the supernatural.