Don Luis I Bridge

Ponte Dom Luís I, Dom Luís I Bridge, Ponte de Don Luis, Luís I Bridge
Portugal, Porto
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Don Luis I Bridge

Ponte Dom Luís I, Dom Luís I Bridge, Ponte de Don Luis, Luís I Bridge
Portugal, Porto
The Don Luis I Bridge is one of the main symbols of Porto. This two-level metal arch bridge was built across the Douro River in 1881-1887. It was designed by the engineer Theophilus Seyrig, a student of Gustave Eiffel. The bridge got its name in honor of the Portuguese king Luis I, during whose reign it was built.
The bridge is 385 meters long, 8 meters wide and weighs over three tons. The lower level of the structure connects the Ribeira area to the Vila Nova de Gaia wine cellars and is used by road. The top deck of the bridge links the São Bento Station railway area with the upper part of Vila Nova de Gaia and carries a light rail and metro line. Pedestrians can navigate both levels of the structure.
The Luís I Bridge offers magnificent panoramic views of the historic center of Porto, the Douro River and the Vila Nova de Gaia promenade.

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Traveled 6 years ago
Rating 9
There are quite a few bridges on the Douro River in Porto, and each of them is beautiful and original in its own way. However, the best of them is the bridge of Don Louis I, which has long been perceived as one of the main symbols of Porto. Luis I Bridge is located in the historic center of Porto and connects the city of Porto with its suburbs Vila Nova de Gaia. The bridge was built in the second half of the XIX century. designed by Theophile Seyrig, a student and companion of the famous French engineer Gustave Eiffel.
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