One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With the. The city of Baltimore, Maryland.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in National Gazette (Philadelphia). From monumental + city, with reference to the Washington Monument, a Doric column 178 feet (approx. 54 metres) in height, built in Baltimore to a design by Robert Mills, in memory of George Washington.
Monumental City/ˈmɒnjʊmɛntl ˈsɪti/
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