Dom Luis I Bridge of Porto, Portugal

When I saw Luís I Bridge from a distance, I had this simple desire of going through it. I was not sure what our driving route would be. Porto was a new city to us and we were not sure where we would get parking to halt. After a circuitous route through the roads of Porto, the GPS did guide us through the Luís I Bridge. There was no chance of halting midway through the bridge and create chaos in the traffic. As we approached hubby dear said to be prepared. I was in a clicking spree not willing to miss a single frame. (Click the pics to get larger, clearer view.)

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Dom Luís I Bridge of Porto

It is only much later I came to know this is the famous Dom Luís I Bridge of Porto, one of the 6 bridges of the city. The double decked metal arch bridge is built over Douro River. At the time Luís I Bridge was built, that is 1886, it was the longest bridge; the arch span measuring 172m in length. Téophile Seyrig took sole responsibility for the construction of new, major Luís I Bridge.

Till 2003, the upper deck carried just road traffic, trolley buses and electric trams. 2003 onwards the upper deck Luís I Bridge is used by Metro do Porto light rail system and a pedestrian walkway. I missed walking through this pedestrian walkway of Luís I Bridge. It surely has great views to offer of the historic center of Porto, the Port wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia and the river Douro.

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Trivia of Luis I Bridge

One interesting story associated with this is: The actual name of the Luis I Bridge was Dom Luis I Bridge, named after then King Luis I. That translates something into the “gift for King Luis I” but when the bridge was inaugurated in his honor in 1886, the king never showed up. So, the locals dropped the “Dom” – a sign of respect given many other nobles in structures built throughout the city – and ended up with Luis I Bridge. Why the king never showed up isn’t certain, but he largely despised being a leader (which he wasn’t very good at) and ignored many of his royal duties until his death 3 years later.

This is the view of the bridge from north river bank. Observe the pic carefully and you will see one more bridge in the background. It is the Maria Pia Bridge, a railway bridge built nine years earlier. It is located a kilometer to the east. They bear a strong resemblance to one another; Maria Pia Bridge has only one deck.

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26 Responses

  1. sylviakirk says:

    Ah, superb captures and an awesome bridge!! I did so enjoy the time I spent in Portugal!! Thanks for the memories and the beauty!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Indrani!! Enjoy!!

  2. Great looking bridge. Too bad the king wasn’t as great. – That looks like quite a climb in that one shot.

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    pretty! i really liked the walkway along the cliff!

  4. Janis says:

    Interesting bridge views and history, thanks for sharing!

  5. Cloudia says:

    Graceful old gem!

  6. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful shots from unique bridge.

  7. Old is gold! Nice clips and views

  8. sad that the kind never showed up…
    what a lovely bridge…

  9. Arun says:

    Nice looking bridge.

  10. Amazingly looking bridge 🙂

  11. Bob says:

    What a bridge, it’s marvelous. Wonderful images Indrani.

  12. ladyfi says:

    Pretty shots of the bridge.

  13. Mridula says:

    Wow what a story the king never shows up and the public stops using sign of respect. Good for both I believe 😀

  14. Yogi saraswat says:

    Great looking bridge. Pictures are very nice and become more beautiful through your lenses Indrani ji .

  15. s.c. says:

    I see this is the bridge made by a pupil of the famous Eiffel . He gave on his bridge a garantie of 100 years and when I was in Porto the garantie was gone and people told me that the passengers of the train above had to get out and walk to the other side after the train has empty passed that bridge. How about this bridge here. Perhaps it is just a funny story but who knows.

  16. Loved the way you have captured the images of the bridge

  17. eileen says:

    Hello Indrani, what a great bridge. I also like the steps going up the side of the cliff. Wonderful post and photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  18. The bridge looks great. And interesting trivia 🙂

  19. Wonderful perspectives of the bridge!

  20. genie says:

    An amazing bridge. I bet it is lots more amazing up close.

  21. felicia says:

    what a cool bridge.

  22. Jeevan says:

    Great capture over there and well shot from the drive! The arch looks amazing and good view on both the modern and old structure

  23. Sri Kri says:

    Lovely photo shots with an interesting story.

    Sriram & Krithiga

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