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Arrábida Bridge, Porto

Porto’s beautifully elegant Arrábida Bridge (Ponte de Arrábida) carries motorway traffic over the River Douro on the western portion of the ring road around central Porto.

From the River Douro:-

Arrábida Bridge, Porto from River Douro

Photo from Wikipedia (taken from the Vila Nova de Gaia bank of the river Douro):-

Arrábida Bridge

Statue on top of bridge pillar:-

Arrábida Bridge, Porto, Statue

Support pillars and statue:-

Arrábida Bridge, Pillar and Statue

Close up on one of the bronze statues (from Wikipedia):-

Bronze Statue on Arrábida Bridge, Porto

Arrábida Bridge looking back towards Porto:-

Arrábida Bridge Looking Back to Porto

From the River Douro, Porto

Concrete tower. This was just beyond the Ponte de São João. It looks a bit like an aircraft control tower but there wasn’t an airport nearby:-

Concrete Tower, Porto

Multi-chimneyed building:-

Multi-chimneyed Building Porto

River bank Church. Note tiles on gable end facing the river:-

River Bank Church, Porto

River boats, buildings and Igreja de Santa Clara Church on hill crest:-

Buildings and Church, Porto

Igreja de Santa Clara Church on centre-left of photo:-

Igreja de Santa Clara Church, Porto

Port warehouses and old style boats:

Buildings 27 Warehouses + boats

On the hill here can be seen a dome that we were told by the river-tour guide was the only building left from an Exhibition that had been held in Porto:-

Exhibition Dome, Porto again

Buildings 25 Dome

Beyond the Arrábida Bridge before we had to turn back we got a view of the mouth of the river Douro as it meets the Atlantic:-

Mouth of River Douro, near Porto

On the River, Porto

Bank of River Douro, Porto, Dom Luís I Bridge to left of photo:-

Bank of River Douro, Porto

Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, Porto, Dom Luís I Bridge to extreme right:-

Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, Porto

Yacht on river:-

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Riverside buildings and river cruise boats:-

Buildings 21 river bank

Another river cruise boat. Its inhabitants must have been visiting the port warehouses along the banks as they were in singing mood!:-

river cruise boat

More buildings, Arrábida Bridge in background:-

Buildings , Porto and Arrábida Bridge

Down by the Riverside, Porto

I took this photo of the Arrábida Bridge (of which more later) from the road above the north bank of the River Douro before we found the starting point for the boat trip:-

Arrábida Bridge, Porto from North Bank

And I took this zoom from the bank itself:-

Arrábida Bridge Zoom

River bank buildings hard by the Dom Luís I Bridge:-

River Bank Buildings, Porto

Other river bank buildings:-

Buildings by River Douro, Porto

Heritage Tram, Porto:-

Heritage Tram, Porto

This bridge seemed to take a road out over the river,* presumably because the houses were right on the bank and allowed no room:-

Bridge Over River Bank, Porto

Cable cars. They seemed to come down from near the Dom Luís I Bridge:-

Cable Cars, Porto

*Edited to add:- it’s called the Viaduto do Caias das Pedras.

Ponte de São João (St John’s Bridge) Porto

Back to more pleasant things.

This is the Ponte de São João or St John’s Bridge in Porto which appeared in the background of my photos of the Maria Pia Bridge and replaced it as a carrier of rail traffic across the River Douro.

Ponte de São João (St John's Bridge) Porto

It’s another elegant concrete structure:-

Under St John's Bridge, Porto

If you look to the left of the bridge support in the above photos you can see kilns. Those brown things look like kilns anyway. This closer view also shows the nice arches on the river embankment:-

Ponte de São João and Kilns, Porto

Maria Pia Bridge, Porto

Porto’s Maria Pia Bridge was built by Gustave Eiffel of Paris Tower fame in 1877. It used to carry the railway over the River Douro.

Behind it is the Ponte de São João or St John’s Bridge, which now carres the rail traffic.

Maria Pia Bridge, Porto

Closer view:-

Maria Pia Bridge Closer View

Maria Pia Bridge, Porto, Reverse View. Infante D Henrique Bridge in background:-

Maria Pia Bridge, Porto, Reverse View

North support, Maria Pia Bridge:-

Maria Pia Bridge, Porto, Support

Infante D Henrique and Freixo Bridges, Porto

The Infante D Henrique Bridge is, according to this, a prestressed concrete deck-stiffened arch bridge. Completed in 2002. Elegant in its way.

Infante D Henrique Bridge, Porto

This is situated between two iron arch bridges of which the Dom Luís I Bridge is the first. The second I’ll come on to in a later post.

You can find more images here.

Like the Infante D Henrique Bridge, the Freixo Bridge (Ponte do Freixo) carries road traffic. We saw it only from a distance as the boat had to turn back to make good time:-

Freixo Bridge, Porto

There are more images of it here.

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto

Porto is bridge heaven. There are six bridges across the River Douro of which the Dom Luís I Bridge (Ponte D. Luís I) is a two-deck bridge that carries the metro line I featured a few posts ago as well as road traffic on its lower level.

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto

It being a very nice day we enquired about the length of the boat trip available on the nearer boat in the above pictures and having plenty of time decided to go for it.

From that vantage point we got closer to the north bridge support buttress:-

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto, North Support Buttress

The one below is from the bridge’s Wikipedia page and the last photo is of a distant viaduct bridge somewhere across the Douro which I had taken on the way down to the river:-

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Porto

Porto is a stunning city. I suppose it helped that the sun was shining – after all, even Cowdenbeath looks good in the sunshine – but the buildings were interesting. Not just São Bento Railway Station and the tiled churches but even generally “ordinary” buildings.

This was just down from the Great War Memorial. That tiled church is just to right of centre here:-

A Street in Porto

“Ordinary” building:-

Buildings in Porto

Some of the streets were narrow though:-

A Street in Porto

And like all great cities, Porto has a river, The Douro:-

River Douro at Porto

That way kind of led us out of town so we doubled back and found this way down to the river:-

Street leading to River Douro, Porto

Looking back up to city from bank of River Douro:

Porto Buildings from Bank of River Douro

Porto War Memorial

Porto’s War Memorial is an imposing structure with a statue of a soldier reminiscent of many British War Memorials, set in a large square with a lovely pavemented approach:-

Porto War Memorial

Porto War Memorial Close

Plaque to those fallen in subsequent conficts:-

Porto War Memorial Plaque

Plaque to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1:-

Porto War Memorial Anniversary Plaque

The base of the Memorial pedestal is decorated with representations of artillery shells:-

Porto War Memorial Detail

Sadly there was some grafitti on the base of the Memorial, a piece of which can just be seen to the right above.

Dedication to those who died in defence of overseas provinces. (If my deciphering of the Portuguese is correct):-

Porto War Memorial Further Dedication

There are three cartouches on the Memorial, to the sides and rear. This one commemorates Angola, Naulila, Inhoga, Mongua, Ngiva:-

Porto War Memorial Cartouche

As best as I can make out this one says Franca, La Lys, Laventie, La Couture:-

Porto War Memorial Second Cartouche

And this one Mozambica (Mozambique,) Necomano? Sirra Micula? Namacourra?

Porto War Memorial Third Cartouche

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