Meaning of Boulevard


Boulevard is a French term that is not part of the dictionary of the DigoPaul. The word that does appear is boulevard, derived from this concept in the French language. Anyway, it is common that the word boulevard is also used in our language.

A boulevard or boulevard, in short, is a tree-lined street or avenue that stands out for being very wide. Boulevar also it called to the promenade that is in the middle of such streets.

The origin of the boulevards is found in the cities of the Middle Ages. In fact, boulevard comes from bolwerk, a Dutch notion that can be translated as “defense” or “bulwark”. In medieval times, roads were built around fortresses: when the walls were torn down, the roads remained as streets for urban circulation. Thus arose the boulevards with characteristics similar to those we know today.

Today a boulevard is an avenue that usually has several roads. The trees and plants that are to its sides and many times in the middle give it ornamental beauty and allow the rest in the shade in the summer.

Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles (United States), is one of the most famous boulevards in the world. It goes through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and other districts. Its most popular sector is known as the Sunset Strip.

The Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City and the Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas in Barcelona (Spain) are also important boulevards.

However, do not overlook other important boulevards around the world such as the following:
-Karl Marx Allee. Hermann Henselmann, Karl Souradny, Richard Paulick or Hans Hopp are some of the architects who participated in the design and construction of this boulevard that is located in Berlin. It was erected in the German Democratic Republic between 1952 and 1960. It is 2 kilometers long and 89 meters wide. In it, the famous towers (Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor) designed by Henselmann stand out.
-Avenida de Mayo, which is located in Argentina, specifically it is the first boulevard that Buenos Aires had. It is the backbone of the historic center of the city and has become the scene of the most important demonstrations that take place. It connects what is the Plaza del Congreso with the Plaza de Mayo.
-The Paseo del Prado, located in Madrid, is another of the most important boulevards in the world and the most significant in the Spanish capital. It is, among other things, because it has also been called the art walk. Why? Because there are both the famous Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Not to mention the fact that the Reina Sofía Museum is also nearby. In addition, it has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and is surrounded by other historical sites such as the Fuente de Cibeles, the Puerta de Alcalá or the Plaza de Neptuno.