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Louisville’s sister cities

It’s all in the family.

A sign post features blue signs pointing in the direction of cities across the world. A tall building looms in the background.

This sign at Jefferson Square Park can point you in the direction of Louisville’s Sister Cities.

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Sister, sister... Never knew how much I missed ya...

Louisville is part of a growing family, paired up with eight sister cities including Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. So break out the map, as we take a look.

Montpellier, France

Montpelier is Louisville’s oldest sibling, with the two becoming sisters in 1954. The relationship started as a student-exchange between the Universities of Louisville and Montpellier — a program that continues on today.

Quito, Ecuador

The largest of Louisville’s sister cities, Quito is also the only one that is a national capital — but there’s no need to brag at the family dinner table, Quito. The city is home to two active volcanoes, called Cotopaxi and Pichincha — talk about twin spires.

Tamale, Ghana

Like Montpelier, this relationship has paid academic dividends, with the UofL School of Medicine working with a Tamale-based Ghanaian health organization.

Mainz, Germany

The relationship between Derby City and Mainz goes back to 1977, but they made it official in 1994. Like Louisville and bourbon, Mainz is known for a signature sip — it’s the wine capital of Germany.

A gothic cathedral stands over a public greenspace, with a statue in the foreground.

The Cathedral in La Plata is the largest churchi in Argentina and the 58th-largest in the world.

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La Plata, Argentina

The provincial capital of Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, La Plata became Louisville’s sister in 1994.

Jiujiang, People’s Republic of China

It’s not just sister cities with Jiujiang — Jiangxi Province and the Commonwealth of Kentucky also have a sister state relationship.

Leeds, England

Law students at UofL’s Brandeis School of Law have the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Leeds.

Adapazari, Turkey

The newest of Louisville’s sister cities, this Turkish town of Adapazari and Derby City were paired in 2012. Instead of a Hot Brown, try Kabak Talisi: a sweet dish of candied pumpkin + nuts.

Bonus: Until 2022, Louisville and Perm, Russia were also sister cities.

Want to learn more? Check out the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, which serves as the administrator of Louisville’s Sister Cities Program.