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Ponte da Arrábida

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Sobre o Rio Douro
4150, Porto

Porto

Planned by Edgar Cardoso and opened in 1963 (although the Works began in 1957), the Arrábida Bridge was one of the more advanced architectonic works of its time. The 270 metres concrete span was, for some years, a world record on this kind of bridges. The arch spire has 52 meters and the roadway rises to 70 meters height. It is said that, at the opening, many photographers and journalists from abroad came to witness an expected tragedy, because it was common sense that the “large” configuration of the bridge would not stand the weight of the vehicles. Today, it …

Ponte de Dona Maria Pia

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Sobre o Rio Douro
4300, Porto

Porto

The D. Maria Pia Bridge, built little above the D. Luís I Bridge, allowed the railway connection between the two Douro sides. Its construction, planned by Eiffel, began in January, 1876. It was built with great precaution because its only roadway is hanging at about 61 metres above the river’s water level. In all the construction were used about 1600 tons of iron, which didn’t even scratch its lines’ harmony and elegance. The works were concluded on November, 4th, 1877 and nowadays, although it is closed, we can still admire its beauty and usefulness.

Ponte de Dom Luís

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Sobre o Rio Douro
4050, Porto

Porto

Consisting of two metal decks, which were intended to make the road connection between Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto, this bridge measures 395 meters in length and 8 meters in width, comprising 5.5 meters of carriageway and 1.25 meters meters of walkways. This construction, designed by the engineer Teófilo Seyrig, was one of the largest works in the road plan carried out by the monarch Luís I.

Ponte de São João

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Sobre o Rio Douro
4300, Porto

Porto

This bridge was planned by the engineer Edgar Cardoso, known as one of the biggest civil engineering’s genius. This railway bridge was built between 1984 and 1991. The central span is 250 m length, a world record to railway bridges.

Ponte do Freixo

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Sobre o Rio Douro
4306, Porto

Porto

A Ponte do Freixo é a que se encontra mais a montante do rio Douro, entre as várias que unem o Porto a Vila Nova de Gaia. Este projeto da autoria de António Reis foi construído com o objetivo de minimizar os congestionamentos ao trânsito automóvel vividos nas Pontes da Arrábida e de Dom Luís.

Ponte do Infante

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Sobre o Rio Douro
4000, Porto

Porto

A Ponte do Infante D. Henrique liga o Porto a Vila Nova de Gaia, tendo sido inaugurada em 2003. O projeto é de Adão da Fonseca e Francisco Milanes Mato. Foi batizada em honra do Infante D. Henrique, nascido no Porto.

Sinagoga Kadoorie Mekor Haim

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Rua Guerra Junqueiro, 340
4150-386, Porto

Porto

Synagogue of composite rectangular plant, with pure forms, volumes and plastered large spaces, large openings, domed and flat cover. Belongs to the Israeli community and preserves a rich history. This synagogue is the largest of the Iberian Peninsula and one of the largest in Europe. The visits are made only by appointment, from Sunday to Friday.

Torre dos Clérigos

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Rua de São Filipe de Nery
4050-546, Porto

Porto

It is the ex-libris of the city. A masterpiece by the Tuscan architect Nicolau Nasoni, the Tower built between 1731 and 1763 is a magnificent carved stonework, 75 meters high. The 240 steps of the spiral staircase lead to a balcony located in the terminal body and from where you can enjoy rewarding views over the city and surroundings.

Sé do Porto

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Terreiro da Sé
4050-603, Porto

Porto

The Sé is the main church in the city of Porto. It was built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The first mass was held in the year 1120. In the 13th century alterations were made that completely altered the main portal. Rebuilt in the Baroque style, it kept only the rose window of its original construction. Nicolau Nasoni was the author of a galilee on the north façade, and also intervened in the decoration of the sacristy. The interior retains the images of Nossa Senhora da Vandoma (14th century), the "silver altar", an important Gothic cloister, the "old cloister", …

Livraria Lello

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Rua das Carmelitas, 144
4050-161, Porto

Porto

Built in a neo-Gothic style, the bookstore has a magnificent façade, formed by a wide arched arch, whose entrance is divided into a central door, flanked by two windows. Over this arch there is a triple window. On the sides of the window, two painted figures by José Bielman stand out, symbolizing Art and Science. Note the lacework that tops the entire building. At the entrance, in the center of the vast room, an ornamental staircase gives access to a higher floor, where some tables serve as support for the exhibition of books. Wooden benches, covered in leather, and shelves …

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