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Leixões and Matosinhos Beach

This is a panorama of Leixões from the SS Black Watch’s bow:-

Leixões Panorama

On the edge of the beach near the harbour entrance lies this monument “Tragédia do Mar” or “Tragedy of the Sea” a sculpture commemorating the Shipwreck of 1947, where 152 sailors lost their lives:-

Matosinhos Beach Monument

Matosinhos Monument

Much further along the promenade, too far away for us to walk to as we were pushed for time getting back to the ship, was this sculpture, “She Changes” by artist Janet Echelman.

Leixões Sculpture

I found this better photo by António M.L. Cabral on the internet:-

Leixões, Matosinhos Principality, Portugal

I had only heard of Leixões before through the football team bearing that name, actually part of a wider sporting club. Leixões is however the port for Porto.

Like Avilés, Leixões has an architecturally interesting building by the dockside.

This photo from distance was actually taken when we were leaving port:-

Portside Building and Leixões

There was a metal sort of walkway or loading way leading out from the building:-

Portside Building Leixões Walkway

See in this photo how the loading way’s roof bends over to become its wall:-

Portside Building Leixões

That curve can be seen here and the building as a whole:-

Portside Building Stitch

Views from dockside:-

Dockside Building Leixões

Portside Building Leixões

Dockside Building, Leixões

Part of the structure is supported by these leaning pillars:-

Leixões Dockside Building Supports

I believe the building may house art exhibits at times. There was none when we were there though. Interior:-

Leixões Dockside Building Interior 1>

Dockside Building, Leixões, Interior 2

From Matosinhos beach:-

Dockside Building and SS Black Watch

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