is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. The original meaning of esplanade
was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls to provide clear fields of fire for the fortress' guns. In modern usage the space allows people to walk for recreational purposes; esplanades are often on sea fronts, and allow walking whatever the state of the tide, without having to walk on the beach
. Esplanades became popular in Victorian time
when it was fashionable to visit seaside resorts
. A Promenade
, often abbreviated to '(The) Prom', was an area where people - couples and families especially - would go to walk for a while in order to 'be seen' and be considered part of 'society'.Esplanade
are sometimes used interchangeably. The derivation of "promenade" indicates a place specifically intended for walking, though many modern promenades and esplanades also allow bicycles and other nonmotorized transport. Some esplanades also include large boulevards
where cars are permitted.
A similar term with the same meaning in the eastern coastal region of Spain is rambla
, but morewidely referred to as paseo marítimo
) or explanada
) in the Hispanic world.
Examples of esplanades
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