Shandora is the ancient city that resided on Jaya, but was later blasted up to Upper Yard by the Knock Up Stream. It was known as the "City of Gold" (黄金都市, Ōgon Toshi). Shandora literally means "the skull's right eye" which refers to its location on the skull shaped island.
The buildings in Shandora were covered entirely by gold until Enel took all of it in order to build his ark.
Shandora was built in 402 by the Shandorians, the ancestors of the Shandia. During the Void Century, Shandora fell to the Twenty Kingdoms that would soon become the World Government. The Shandia fought to protect their poneglyph. After the Void Century, Shandora crumbled to ruins but the Shandia continued to guard the city.
In 1122, Montblanc Noland visited the city. In 1127, Shandora along with the half of Jaya was shot up to Skypiea. Shandora was under the Skypieans' control for the past four hundred years while the Shandia fought to take back Upper Yard.
- The city is likened to the old myth of cities of gold that was brought back from the Americans by European settlers, specifically El Dorado.
- The shape of the city's buildings resemble Mayan architecture.
- The word "Shandora" stems from the Sanskrit word for the Moon, "Chandra", which is where the Shandorian race originated from.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 272 and Episode 174, Robin muses about the city's fate.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 31 Chapter 286 and Episode 187, Noland arrives in Shandora.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 30 Chapter 277 (p. 4-6) and Episode 181, Enel explains the creation of the Ark Maxim.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 300 and Episode 193, The Skypieans' and Shandians' new home.