People travel the world not only to see the beauty created by nature itself. Someone is attracted by forests, rivers, beaches and waterfalls, and someone admires the city’s landscapes. And there is something to see here – after all, man was able to create many interesting architectural structures.
Tourists come to see interesting buildings and whole streets. Moreover, they, thanks to some of their features, received the status of unusual and interesting, becoming famous all over the world. Who said that two rows of houses, separated by a road, can not become an interesting sight, becoming an important decoration of the city?
This street is in Toronto, Canada, it is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest in the world. Few can compete in this with Young Street, because its length is 1896 kilometers! The street begins in the heart of Toronto, and then stretches from the promenade of Lake Ontario, cutting the city into two equal parts. Then Yang Street goes north, skirting Lake Simcoe and reaching the Canadian town of Cochrane. This place is the most extreme in the north, reaching the streets of Ontario. Then Yang Street turns west and ends only on the border with the US, on the outskirts of Minnesota.
It is interesting that Young Street has its own fascinating history. Originally it was an Indian trail. When the settlers began to settle in the local land, they used this paved road. It explored the pioneers and traders, the French and British troops marched. In 1793, the first Governor of Upper Canada, John Simcoe, who remained in history thanks to his contribution to the development of the country, urged local residents and owners of the adjacent areas to expand it. There was a need to travel here not just on horseback, but also in carriages and large vans. The road was named after Sir George Yang, since 1816, a large transport began to move along it regularly. By the middle of the XIX century, Yang Street turned into the central street of Toronto.
Today it is a modern street, in its central part skyscrapers are adorned. Yang Street has wide sidewalks, under it lies underground. The street is famous for its abundance of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques. For the title of the longest street in the world from Young Street vies the Pan-American Highway. The highway runs through the Americas, passing through the USA, Canada, Mexico, Peru and El Salvador. But it is worth considering that it is still a city street, not a highway. In Russia, the longest are the Primorsky Highway in St. Petersburg (59 kilometers), the Second Longitudinal Magistral in Volgograd (50 kilometers) and Kurortny Prospekt in Sochi (10 kilometers).
Many people come here specially to visit the most winding street in the world. Located in California, the city of San Francisco is built on numerous and rather steep hills. Although tourists know about this no worse than the citizens themselves, you can feel it fully only after visiting Lombard Street. Only then it becomes clear how uneven the landscape is here. The street shows how difficult it was for developers in San Francisco. The street is only 400 meters long and has received the title of the most winding in the world, after all for such a short distance it manages to turn eight times. At the same time, the turns are quite sharp, at an acute angle.
Such tortuosity of Lombard Street is due to the fact that the builders tried to solve the problem with a slope of 27 degrees. After all, a straight road would be too steep. The street begins near the Boulevard of the Military Town and goes to the east, towards the Telegraph Hill. The most popular and famous among tourists was the section of Lombard Street that resembles the slope of the Russian Hill. In this place, the street most closely resembles a winding snake. The street looks picturesque, because between the sharp turns there is a lot of greenery. The very same road is laid out in red brick.
True beauty is beauty, but the city’s transport problems solve poorly. The municipality even in 2001 decided to ban the automobile traffic here, which is simply dangerous on such a slope. But this plan was postponed by the mayoralty, a special group was created that dealt with the problems of urban transport. On Lombard Street made a one-way traffic, and the speed at the corners was limited to 8 km / hour. And especially for the convenience of pedestrians along the descent a ladder was built, which is deprived of the “charm” of so many turns.
This street is located in New Zealand in Dunedin, the second largest city in the South Island. The world’s steepest street is 3.5 kilometers to the northeast of the city center. It starts from North Road, and then rises up to the intersection with Buchanan Street. The steepness of Baldwin Street is not in the number of fashionable mansions or the billionaires living on it, this is just not there. It is also a banal angle of inclination. The length of the street is only 359 meters, for such a distance it manages to rise almost 80 meters. At the bottom, the rise is still quite gentle, giving the cars the chance to accelerate, but in the steepest part (161 meters), the angle of inclination is 38 degrees! At this distance the street rises 47 meters.
The history of the appearance of such a street on one side is trivial, but on the other hand it is unusual. The city of Dunedin appeared in 1848, at that time all the plans for building the island were approved already in the UK itself, without any binding to the terrain. The English could not imagine how steep the hills were in New Zealand. Local authorities, however, had no choice but to follow the instructions of the distant and all-powerful London. So they began to implement precisely the plan of Charles Kettle, who did not expect that the north-east of the new city for road construction is poorly adapted. Baldwin Street was covered with concrete, since asphalt under the hot southern sun would simply melt and stack down. For pedestrians, along the steep sidewalks, much more suitable staircases were built.
Such an outstanding street has become a venue for various mass events. Thus, since 1988 Baldwin Street Gutbuster has been running along Baldwin Street. It is necessary to climb to the very top of the street, and then go down from it. Everyone is allowed to participate. And since 2002, there is a cheerful charity event “Cadbury Jaffa Race”. From the top of the hill down the street run at once 30 thousand chocolate balls. To get to the bottom they need only 15-25 seconds. Those first five sweets that fall into a special funnel are considered winners. Each “participant” has its own number and its sponsor. Gonzalo di Cowalho.
This street is rightfully considered the greenest in the world. And let your green plantations boast many places. Anyway, this street in Brazilian Porto Alegre stands out with bright flower beds and lots of flowers. From the side of Gonzalo di Covaloy looks like a real green tunnel, it is simply not visible under the canopy of green tropical trees. Here reign vines and moss, if not located on the roadside cars, you could imagine that you are right in the rainforest. Right on the street, in the crowns of trees, there is a real colony of monkeys. They were able to settle down in a noisy city and now entertain passers-by with their grimaces. And this city is considered one of the most green and beautiful in the country. Surprisingly, during the construction it was possible to preserve old trees, and houses and streets harmoniously fit into the natural landscape.
This street gained fame, becoming the shortest in the world. In fact, it is so small that it will be difficult for tourists to find it in the Scottish town of Wick. The length of the Ebenezer Place is only 206 centimeters, but this is enough to accommodate a separate building.It proudly flaunts a sign with the inscription “Ebenezer Place, 1”. This is the entrance to Bistro No.1, part of the McCaise hotel. A street appeared in 1883, when they built the building of the hotel, which looks like an elongated trapezoid. Its smaller side and became a separate street. But only after making a record in the Guinness Book in 2006, the tiny Ebenezer Place appeared on city maps. Until that moment the shortest was Elgin Place in English Lancashire with a score of 5.2 meters.
Street on the 9th of July.
In Argentina’s Buenos Aires is the widest street in the world. It takes a whole block. Its name was given to the street in honor of Independence Day, which is celebrated in the country on the ninth of July. The street is so wide that it has 12 lanes for transport traffic – six on each side. The width of the avenue is from 230 to 430 meters. The street “9th of July” passes through the whole city, it has a lot of attractions. This is the statue of Don Quixote, just two airports, the building of the Ministry of Communications and the Republic Square. And in the center of the city and the street there is a high obelisk, next to which a circular motion was started. And the idea of building a wide avenue appeared in 1899. But the implementation of the plan took place only in 1973. Currently, the authorities of Buenos Aires are considering the idea of removing the main movement under the ground, where the metro line passes. At the top, the mayor’s office wants to leave the pedestrian zone.
But for the title of the narrowest street in the world several applicants are fighting at once. For example, Parliament Street in English Exeter has a width of only 64 centimeters, the Italian Vicolo della Virilita, which in Ripatransone, has an index of 43 centimeters, sometimes narrowing to 38 centimeters. And in Germany, in the town of Reutlingen, the width of the Sproyerhofstrasse ranges from 31 to 43 centimeters. I must say that in the ancient towns of Europe, such narrow streets are an ordinary rule. Yes, and the authorities often give the opportunity to call the streets the usual gaps between houses, solely to attract tourists. Of course, these nooks can not be considered full. In Russia, the narrowest street is Shaykh Tazhudin Street, which is in Khasavyurt. At its narrowest point, its width is only about one meter.
The road to Giza.
This street attracts attention even if its unusual age – it is the oldest on Earth from the surviving ones. Located this ancient stone paved road in Egypt. Once on it, from the quarry, boulders were transported for the construction of pyramids in the south-western part of Cairo. The street of the Nile embankment ends. In total, the length of the road is 12 kilometers, and the width is only 2 meters. The age of the legendary street is about 4.6 thousand years.
Avenue of the Princess Grace.
This street is superior to all others at the cost of real estate on it. Usually, such ratings take into account the cost of renting retail space. In this regard, there is no equal Fifth Avenue in New York. There rent of a square meter will cost 16.7 thousand euros per year. The second place is taken by Coovey Bay in Hong Kong, where the square costs 14.4 thousand euros. In third place Tokyo, there tenants pay 7.75 thousand euros. A Tverskaya street in Moscow on this indicator is only 14th place, on average, commercial real estate is worth 3,100 euros per year.
But the most expensive residential property is on Avenue of Princess Grace, in Monaco. The street has a pleasant palm alley and stretches along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The avenue received its name in honor of Grace Kelly, the wife of the ruler of Monaco Rainier III. It was an amazing story when a Hollywood actress became a princess. Recently, there was a big deal – a four-room apartment with an area of 213 meters was replaced by the owner for 41 million dollars. The square meter of housing thus costs 190 thousand dollars, which is a record. On this avenue in general, apartments are sold very rarely.Here there are very rich people, the very housing is considered so prestigious that even the heirs of billionaires do not rush to get rid of it.
And second place in the list of the most expensive streets of the world took Shemin de San Hospice in the city of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which is on the Cote d’Azur of France. Here the square meter of housing costs about 100 thousand dollars.