Corniche

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A corniche carrying New York State Route 218 along Storm King Mountain can be seen on the left from across the Hudson River
The Hawk's Nest corniche on NY Route 97
The Hawk's Nest is part of a corniche which carries New York State Route 97 above the Delaware River

A corniche is a road on the side of a cliff or mountain, with the ground rising on one side and falling away on the other. The word has been absorbed into English from the French term route à corniche or "road on a ledge", originally derived from the Italian cornice, for "ledge".

Europe[edit]

France[edit]

Three famed corniche roads of the Côte d'Azur in the French Riviera run between the sea and mountains from Nice eastward toward Menton. They are known as the Corniche Inferieure (or Basse Corniche[1]) along the coast, the Moyenne Corniche slightly inland, and the Grande Corniche along the upper cliffs.[2]

The Corniche Inferieure passes through the principality of Monaco. The Grande Corniche featured prominently in the Alfred Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief.

Italy[edit]

The Amalfi Drive, along the Amalfi Coast south of Naples, is a road carved into the cliffs along the Mediterranean Sea, and can be classified as a corniche. It runs between Sorrento and Amalfi and was originally built by the Romans.

Arab World[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Corniche in Egypt is any waterfront passage along any body of water, most cities in the country have Corniches, either on the Nile, such as the longest Cornich in the country, "Cornich Cairo", and "Cornich Giza", or on the Mediterranean such as the famous "Cornich Alexandria"

Corniche (Alexandria) by Sunset, stretching with the city's residential coast line.

Though the word itself comes from a French Origin, yet Egypt's cultural influence has made other neighboring Arab countries that aren't francophone or have no French influence in them, to adopt the words. Such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.

Other cities such as Mansoura, Damietta and Luxor also have Corniche

the newly renovated Corniche of Luxor

Lebanon[edit]

The avenue that runs along the western and northern coast of the Beirut peninsula is colloquially called Corniche Beirut.

Oman[edit]

The promenade along the waterfront in Muttrah, Muscat is known as The Corniche.

Qatar[edit]

The promenade that runs for several kilometers along the Doha Bay of Doha is colloquially called Doha Corniche.

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Qatif corniche

Dammam corniche, Qatif corniche, Khobar corniche, Ras Tanura corniche, Jeddah Corniche, Yanbu corniche, Al Jubail corniche

References[edit]

External links[edit]

The dictionary definition of corniche at Wiktionary