However, the place that many call “the most beautiful street in the world” may surprise you. It does not adorn a wild and rugged natural landscape and it won’t take you to a tourist-laden destination.
No, this spot is located in the middle of a large South American city, its beauty unsurpassed by other streets due to its abundance of lush, green trees. The greenery towers high above residents, forming a tunnel of trees that casts shade over those below. It provides a beautiful forest atmosphere for blocks, right in the heart of a bustling city.
The street is named Rua Goncalo de Carvalho and is located in Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. As you’ve likely noticed already, the street has an absolutely astounding amount of trees that line both its sides.
While all of them tower high above the ground, some are so tall that they reach the same height as the 7th floors of the adjacent buildings. Simply put, Rua Goncalo de Carvalho is teeming with great big trees, creating a lovely green forested sea when viewed from above that spans for 500 meters (0.3 miles).
There are over 100 total trees planted, all of which are Tipuana trees, also known as Rosewood. This variety is native to South America and can grow to be over 100 feet tall, suggesting that, as tall as the trees on the street already are, they have plenty of room to grow. When in bloom, these trees also don beautiful yellow flowers.
The trees have been in Porto Alegre for a while now, originally planted over 70 years ago in the 1930s by German officials who worked in a brewery nearby. While they’re still in the same spot today, standing strong, some have tried to get rid of the natural beauties.
In true big city fashion, select business have attempted to remove the trees for their own development projects. However, they’ve always been thwarted by the community, who are big fans of the lush greenery of the street.
Rua Goncalo de Carvalho’s stunning nature has also caught the attention of several European writers and tree advocates, including Pedro Nuno Teixeira Santos, who named it the most beautiful street in the world on his blog, giving the street its famous title.
In 2006, the street had the honor of being declared a Heritage Environment in Latin America, which is the first time an urban street was bestowed such recognition. It’s not hard to see that the street is loved by residents and a true pride of the city.
It’s absolutely fantastic that the city is working to protect the trees rather than tear them to make way for new buildings and more concrete. Clearly, the lush green beauty of Rua Goncalo de Carvalho is treasured by all.
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