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Porto - Ponte de Dom Luis I


The King Louis I bridge (translation of Ponte de Dom Luis I) links the Gaia side of Porto to the Ribeira side. The top level is for trains and pedestrians and the bottom one is for road traffic and with very narrow pedestrian walkways. The bridge, which was completed in 1886, was designed by a student of Gustav Eiffel.


The picture below shows the Burmester tasting room on the Gaia side. Lisl requested that I show more tile pictures, so here goes.


comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 16 Apr 2018, 01:07
Fine proof that steel bridges can be very attractive.
Louis: Scattered over our country there are road and rail bridges, that were imported from Scotland as building packages, 100+ years ago. They have big pop rivets in them. They are also attractive.
Grand structure...
Louis: I agree with that sentiment, Larry
Love this B&W!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth
That is quite a structure, was it all built at the same time, it looks like two different structures ?
Louis: One design and one construction, Frank
The bridge does have Eiffel written all over it, Louis. And yes, bring on the tiles!
Louis: In general I think it is a looker, Ginnie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Apr 2018, 06:38
Oh, an Eiffel bridge - really grandious - and so useful for trains , road traffic and pedestrians!
Louis: It is an arch bridge and a tied arch bridge, combined into one design.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Apr 2018, 06:45
I can see "the hand" of Gustav Eiffel here, Louis. What an enormous structure and still standing. There is so much to see in this picture. Do I see correctly that in the back there is ramp going up to the "top level" of the city. I do wonder though what happens with tall ships, do they take another route??
The tiles on the house is something else.
Louis: Visible above the top deck of the bridge and near to the end, there is what remains of the city wall from way back. Under the left part of the arch you can see two parallel tracks going upwards - that is the tracks of a funicular with a staircase next to it. No tall ships on this river, mainly because there are no cities (big enough economies) upriver.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 Apr 2018, 06:49
A superb bridge and quite an icon of Porto.
Louis: The bridge, the port-wine, the Duoro and the Sé are the 4 main icons in my view
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 16 Apr 2018, 06:49
Now this is onebeautiful piece of engineering Louis. That Eiffel was a clever fella..
Louis: I agree with that observation, Chris
That is a great looking Bridge Louis
Louis: A true word written, Bill.
This is aq wonderful photo. So much to see.
Louis: Thank you Mary
Terrific bridge, two different styles in two levels, although I find it strange that pedestrians can walk where trains are going along.
Louis: Quite an engineering feat in its day, I believe. The bottom bridge has a pedestrian walkway on each side. Very narrow - one and a half person in breadth. The top bridge has two sets of tracks and the pedestrians can have all the rest of the bridge, which is considerable. Trains also make the necessary noise and vibrate the bridge. In the end, it is a whole lot safer for pedestrians to share with trains than with road traffic. I walked both levels.
I assume to took the tram or walked over smile
Louis: Walked from Gaia to Porto on the top level and came back at night across the lower level, also by foot. The walkways on the bottom one are really narrow.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 16 Apr 2018, 19:10
one of your best shots, Louis!
Louis: Thank you, Ayush. Glad you think so.
Incredible as a structure, it must be impressive to stay on it
Louis: Thank you Claudio. When you walk across the top deck, it feels strange when there is a wind blowing.

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