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People go to other cities not only to visit theaters or museums. We will tell below about the most famous streets and boulevards in the world.
Champs Elysées, Paris. Among all European capitals, it is Paris that stands out for its elegance. The most famous place here is the Champs Elysees. This boulevard starts from the Place de la Concorde and continues to the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the famous Arc de Triomphe is installed. The name of the boulevard comes from the ancient Greek word Elusia. It designates a place for heroes to rest. At one time, the French kings built a road here from the Tuileries castle and its garden to the Palace of Versailles. Since 1789 the street got its name. Today it is 1,915 meters long and 71 meters wide. The Champs Elysees are divided into two parts - a walking part, together with a park, and a shop. The street is always full of people. It is here that Parisians come, celebrating the New Year or national holidays.
La Rambla, Barcelona. Catalonia is located in the north-east of Spain - a state within a state. The capital of this area, Barcelona, is a very beautiful city. Worldwide fame was brought to him by one of the best football teams in the world and the architectural work of Gaudí. Also, guests of Barcelona simply have to walk along the famous La Rambla. This boulevard runs from Plaza Catalunya to the gigantic monument erected in honor of Christopher Columbus. La Rambla is also the busiest pedestrianized street in the city. It is full of shops, restaurants, stalls with flowers, performers perform. Not surprisingly, there are more tourists on La Rambla than locals. Guests of Barcelona claim that it is here that the pulsating heart of Catalonia beats. However, the street is famous not only for its unforgettable atmosphere. Pickpockets are in full swing here, so tourists should be careful. Also, the street is often called Las Ramblas, since in fact it is a combination of several streets at once with their own unique styles.
Fifth Avenue, New York. Fifth Avenue is located in the heart of Manhattan. This street is considered one of the most famous shopping places in the world. It's no coincidence that her motto “buy until you drop” sounds more like a diagnosis. Shoppers will find many expensive exclusive boutiques here. Lois Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Versace have their own stores on Fifth Avenue. Here you can get to the Apple Store, Bergdorf Men and Brooks Brothers. And there is a street from Washington Square to 143 Street. Perhaps the main attractions of the city are associated with Fifth Avenue. So, at the corner of 34th Street is the Empire State Building. On the street stands the Rockefeller Center, the City Public Library, St. Patrick's Cathedral. The section from 82nd to 105th Streets was named the Museum Mile. After all, there are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of New York, the National Museum of Design and others. And the luxury plot is located from 34th to 60th streets. So walking down Fifth Avenue can be time consuming and expensive.
Via Appia, Rome. This is not just a street, but also a monument. It is an example of ancient architecture. The Appian Way was built back in 312 BC. At that time, it was the most important public street in the country. Its goal was to connect Rome and the city of Brindisium in southeastern Italy. This street is quite unusual, as there are quite a few tombs and villas from the period of the Republic and Empire along it. The fact is that the law of Rome forbade burying people within the city. So tombs began to appear next to the most important highways. The Appian Way is famous for its columbariums (burial urns with ashes), underground structures, tombs of various sizes. The tomb of Cecilia Medulla is especially impressive. During her lifetime, she was the wife of one of Julius Caesar's associates. It is believed that any visitor to Rome must certainly see the road that seems to go into the far past. And for those interested in history and antiquity, the Appian Way has a lot to tell.
Magnificent Mile, Chicago. This street is considered the main attraction of the city. They even say that it is the American equivalent of the Champs Elysees. On the street, in addition to huge skyscrapers, there is a large number of expensive exclusive shops and various museums. There are cozy pubs adjacent to five-star hotels. Here you can buy many products of truly American companies - Nike, Apple, Disney. In general, all the main brands are represented here. Boutiques are designed only for the rich, but for tourists. The wide sidewalks are always full of people, it seems that the street is constantly seething with life. It is estimated that there are 460 shops, 275 restaurants and 51 hotels. The street's special pride is the old water tower, built back in 1869. It survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and several attempts to demolish it in the 20th century. It is believed that the Magnificent Mile is the best demonstration of the true American lifestyle.
Gran Via, Madrid. Albeit unofficially, but this street is considered the most important in the capital of Spain. And the construction of the famous avenue began in 1910 personally by King Alfonso XIII. In Madrid, back in the middle of the 19th century, it was decided to connect the Plaza de España with Calle de Alcala. Construction work dragged on for 25 years, as it took 300 buildings to be demolished. Today on Gran Via there are many large buildings that can tell a lot about the history of the country and Europe. So, it is here that the building of the Telefonika company is located, which at the beginning of the last century was considered the first skyscraper in Europe. Now Gran Vía is constantly filled with tourists who come to see the heart of the city. There is also very heavy traffic here. It is even risky to walk here during rush hour, as there are simply not enough pedestrian zones. However, the residents of Madrid themselves say that you need to spend time and be patient, then everyone will love Gran Vía.
Wall Street, New York. They say that it is on such streets that history is written. Wall Street is just such a place - here is the historic center of the financial district and the New York Stock Exchange. And the name of the street is associated with a real wall. It was once erected here by the Dutch to mark the border of their settlements and to protect them from the Indians. By the end of the 18th century, speculators and traders gathered at this place at the foot of the sycamore tree to conduct their illegal trade. This was the reason for the creation of the New York Stock Exchange in 1817. At the beginning of the 20th century, Wall Street was recognized as the financial capital of the world. Various large institutions working with money have opened their branches here. This is where the Great Depression began in 1929 when the stock market crashed. And the latest economic crisis comes from here. So history continues to be written on Wall Street today.
Lombard Street, San Francisco. There is a rather unusual street between Hyde and Leavenport Streets on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the most winding in the world. The most famous site is located near the top of the Russian Hill. It turned out to be so steep that vehicles simply could not get there. The slope was 27%. So Lombard Street was rebuilt in the 1920s. Now part of the street contains 8 sharp turns. You can only move down there, while the driver must be very dexterous to maneuver. Cornering speed is limited to 8 km / h. Surprisingly, there is even a special commission at the city hall that is trying to solve the transport problems of this street.
Zeil, Frankfurt. This street is the most famous shopping area in Frankfurt am Main. Most of it is pedestrianized. On the one hand, the street is bounded by the Hauptwache square, and on the other, by the Konstablerwache. The Zeil is 1.2 kilometers long. There are many boutiques and huge department stores to make your shopping experience unforgettable. In addition, a subway line is right below Zeil. In 1992, the Zeilgalerie was opened on the street, which became the largest shopping center here. It is distinguished by a unique interior in the form of a spiral. So the buyer can visit all 10 floors and never use the escalator or stairs. For shopping in true German style, you should visit this street, where both assortment and European quality amazes. And the street appeared in the XII century, running next to the city wall.
Váci street (Váci Utca), Budapest. Many tourists from Eastern Europe travel to Budapest. It is inexpensive here, and the service is truly European. Vaci Street is the most popular in Budapest. After all, there are also many shopping opportunities. It is on Váci that the Hungarians themselves have been spending impressive sums for centuries. Plus, there are plenty of clubs to relax and watch exciting stripteases. Vaci Street starts from Vereshmarty Square and goes to the Great Market Hall. The atmosphere is always cozy and welcoming. The Hungarians themselves are friendly, and the city architecture is also quite interesting. Since 1703, Vaci Street has been the main city thoroughfare. And in the middle of the 19th century, newspapers described this place as the best place to show oneself and see others. A motley crowd was constantly walking on Vaci, the street was noisy until late in the evening.
Abbey Road, London. This street is located in the north of London. So it would have remained an ordinary metropolitan inconspicuous street, if not for the group "The Beatles". After all, it was here that the Abbey Road Studios was located, where the famous four recorded the vast majority of their songs. In April 1969, when recording their last collaboration, the Beatles were photographed on the cover crossing the street. That album called "Abbey Road" became the best-selling album in the world. In 1969, the street was one of the busiest in the world. It was specially blocked for 10 minutes so that the photographer from the stairs could take six pictures. Today, tourists constantly flock to this street to take a similar picture. Such an abundance of people constantly crossing the road in the same place caused constant traffic jams on the street.
Orchard Road, Singapore. This street is the main shopping street in Singapore. At the same time, not only locals but also tourists love to visit here. After all, this place is also considered the main attraction of the city. And the street is named after the orchards that are located around it. There are also many nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes along the Gardens Road. It is on this street that the official residence of the President of the country is located.
Khao San Street, Bangkok. Strictly speaking, this is not even a street, but a small road. It is located a block from the Chao Phraya River in the capital of Thailand. The street name translates as "ground rice". This reminds of the times when the main city rice market was located here. However, over the past 20 years, Khao San has become very popular in the tourist environment. You can rent an apartment here at a low price. It can be a hostel hostel or stylish high-quality three-star hotels. There was a place on the street and bars, restaurants, grocery stores and just grocery stores.
Way of Sorrow (Via Dolorosa), Jerusalem. In the Old City of Jerusalem there is a street along which Jesus Christ took his last steps, carrying a heavy crucifixion. This route is only 250 meters long. The street has changed significantly over the centuries. Archaeological research shows that the early Trail of Sorrow on the western hill was much more realistic. Nevertheless, pilgrims constantly go to Jerusalem and walk the same path that the suffering Jesus once overcame.
Unter den Linden, Berlin. The name of this street is literally translated as “under the linden trees”. Berlin's main and most famous boulevard actually lies under these trees. Heinrich Heine also admired the majestic view of this street while studying in Berlin in 1821-1823. And the total length of the street is 1390 meters, the maximum width is 60 meters. It is no coincidence that lindens appeared in this place; Elector Friedrich Wilhelm ordered to plant trees here in 1647. After all, the monarch traveled along this road from his palace to the hunting grounds in the Tiergarten. The alley was arranged in 6 rows, it consisted of 1000 limes and so many nuts. In 1770, Frederick II decided that the ceremonial buildings would decorate the alley. For this, 44 old buildings were demolished, which were considered ugly. And in their place, 33 luxurious mansions appeared, which became home to the richest and most noble Berliners. The once dusty road became an elegant street that eventually became a gem of the German capital.
Rua Augusta, Lisbon. This colorful street lies between the two most important squares of Lisbon. It is almost always crowded here, but it is quiet only in the early morning. The patterned pavement on the pedestrian part of Rua Augusta is given not only to passers-by, but also to street vendors, as well as to the tables of numerous cafes. Wandering artists perform right there, fakes under well-known brands and, of course, souvenirs are sold. It is on Rua Augusta that you can taste the Lisbon life in the best possible way. Only when you are whirling in a motley and international crowd, you should remember about safety - there are pickpockets here as well.
Oxford Street, London. This street is one of the main streets in the Westminster area. It is considered the busiest in the city in terms of trade, as there are as many as 548 shops. It is worth considering that many of them are quite fashionable, which determines the price level. And the street begins in Westminster, near the Marble Arch. She then walks east towards Holborn. Oxford Street is about 2.4 kilometers long. At Christmas, it lights up with numerous festive lights, which are traditionally lit by celebrities. And the famous squirrel man, Stanley Greene, walked on Oxford Street for 25 years. He showed up every day with a poster that called for less protein.
Zlata street (Zlata Ulicka), Prague. Among the many unusual streets in Prague, this one stands out. After all, the houses here, although two-story, are made as if for dwarfs. The buildings are built into the arches of the former fortress wall. Zlata street has become one of the symbols of the city. And it is located in the Prague Castle. This unusual street arose during the spontaneous development of the local territory. Initially it was called Zlatnitskaya Street, or Jewelery Street. This name appeared thanks to the gold miners who lived and worked here. In 1597, Emperor Rudolph II ordered to give the space under the arches of the Vladislav fortress wall to 24 archers, who guarded the gates and prisoners. Over time, the street turned completely into a handicraft, and only poor people began to live here. Gullible tourists are told a legend that alchemists even lived here, but this is not true. But thanks to such a beautiful fairy tale, this place was also called the Street of Alchemists. Until World War II, these houses provided shelter for people. In one of these buildings, at number 22, the writer Franz Kafka worked from 1916 to 1917. Today the street has already become a tourist Mecca. Small houses have been converted into souvenir shops, galleries and exhibitions.
The Strip, Las Vegas. This street stretches for 7 kilometers in Clark County, Nevada, as part of Las Vegas Boulevard. It is on The Strip that the largest casinos and hotels in the urban metropolitan area of Las Vegas are located. Interestingly, the Strip itself lies outside the city, administratively referring not even to it, but to its suburbs - Winchester and Paradise. It so happened historically that in Las Vegas, casinos were allowed to open only in the city center, on Fremont Street. This did not stop resourceful entrepreneurs who began to open new establishments across the Las Vegas Administrative Line.The first swallow was El Rancho Vegas, which appeared in 1941 in the place where the Strip now lies. This casino has existed for 20 years. Streep himself quickly developed. In 1969, the era of huge entertainment complexes began, the International Hotel with 1512 rooms, now known as the Las Vegas Hilton, launched. Today, on the famous American street, you can find many establishments that are at the same time a hotel, an entertainment center, and a shopping center.
Canal Grande, Venice. In Venice, the streets were replaced by canals. But in the strict sense, the Grand Canal is not a canal. After all, it was not dug artificially like others. Once there was a shallow channel between the islands of the lagoon. One of them was named rivus altus after the channel. The very same phrase means "deep channel". Over time, the Grand Canal turned into the main city transport artery. And it runs through the whole city. The canal starts from the lagoon near the station, then winds like an inverted "S" and connects with the San Marco and La Giudecca canals near the customs building. The total length of this water street is 3800 meters, and the width varies from 30 to 70 meters. This is one of the few streets that has depth. Here it is about 5 meters. The Grand Canal does not have its own embankments; their place was taken by the facades of the houses that look here. Such structures stand on piles, having two exits at once - to water and to land. It is on the banks of the Grand Canal that the tallest buildings in the city stand. It is not surprising that the inhabitants of Venice over time began to call their main river-street "Canal-Palace". Indeed, there are more than a hundred palaces on the banks of the Grand Canal.
Broadway, New York. Among the many streets of New York, there is no longer or wider one. Broadway is 25 kilometers long. The street runs through Manhattan and the Bronx, and then north through small suburbs all the way to Albany, the capital of New York State. Broadway is also one of the oldest streets in the city, dating back to the first settlement in these places called New Amsterdam. The name of Broadway literally means "wide path" (from the Dutch Breed weg). This name was given to her by the Governor of the New Netherlands, Peter Minøit. When these lands came into the possession of England in 1667, the name was translated into English, and so Broadway appeared. It should be noted that Broadway does not fit into the perpendicular layout of Manhattan, violating the square-nesting shape. The famous street constantly curves and walks across the island. Like many other streets of the city, it is one-way traffic. Broadway is also called an entrepreneurial street, as there are many businesses and offices. The famous theater district also faces here, which is why the name of the street has become synonymous with the performing arts in America. Broadway also hosts prestigious openings. Those exhibitions that did not manage to be located on this street are disparagingly called "off-Broadway".