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In Latin it is where we can establish that the etymological origin of the term widening is found. Specifically, we must know that it derives from the verb “examplare”, which means “to make it wider” and that it is the result of the sum of the following lexical components:
-The prefix "ex-", which can be translated as "out".
-The adjective "amplus", which is synonymous with "width."
-The suffix "-ar", which is used to shape verbs.

Is called expansion to one extension or prolongation of something . The term is used in the context of town planning in Spain to name the surface that, located on the outskirts of a city, is destined to the development of new buildings . By extension, it is also called widening the set of constructions built in an area of ​​this type.

It can be said that a widening is a urban region located on the outskirts of a town , usually created through a planned urban planning action. Many times the extensions arise when city It begins to grow and needs to expand.

The origins of the extensions are in the population growth and in the appearance of activities that need a more intensive use of I usually . This led, in antiquity, to demolish the walls that protected medieval cities to favor their expansion.

He Ensanche of Barcelona , in Spain , was developed in the middle of XIX century . It is currently about district most populated in the Catalan capital, with more than 260,000 inhabitants. Devised by Ildefonso Cerdá , houses the Gran Vía of the Catalan Courts , the promenade of Catalonia , the Battló House , he Barcelona Auditorium and the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia , among other places of great importance.

Gaudí Square, Balmes Street or Plaza de la Sagrada Familia are other of the most important enclaves found in the famous Ensanche of Barcelona, ​​where you can also find a wide variety of tourist accommodation such as hotels, cinemas, of restaurants and even places to taste Catalan and Spanish cuisine.

Carlos Maria de Castro On the other hand, he was responsible for Ensanche of Madrid . With this widening, neighborhoods like Argüelles and the construction of an artery like the Gran Via to facilitate transfers. He Ensanche of Madrid also contributed to a social phenomenon that led to families from the upper classes to move away from the city center to settle in the brand new urban areas.

In addition to all of the above, we cannot ignore the existence of the Ensanche of Bilbao, which has its origin in the early twentieth century, specifically the first project that was carried out on it is 1801 and was raised by the architect Aragonese Silvestre Pérez.

Since then, there were several projects that were presented and executed, with interruptions due to the different wars, over the years.

In Vigo there is also his famous Ensanche, which is considered today to represent the stately part of the city. And it was there that, during the nineteenth century, the canning houses of Catalan origin built their relevant houses.

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