Photographer's Note

Hi TE friends

This is the oldest Bridge of Porto. You can see the typical Rabelo Boat under the Bridge. In the past, those boats were used to transport win from vineyards to cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Today, they are used to transport turists along the Douro River.

The Dom Lus 1st Bridge is an arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the time of construction its span of 172 m was the longest of its type in the world.

The Government held a competition for the construction of a metallic bridge on the Douro River on a site that was adjacent to an existing bridge and would replace it. Tefilo Seyrig had already engineered the D. Maria Pia Bridge project, whilst working as a partner of Eiffel. He now took sole responsibility for the new, major Luis 1st Bridge. The construction was begun in 1881 and the bridge opened on 1886-10-31.

Total length 385.25 m
Weight 3045 tons
The arch measures 172 m in length and 44.6 m in height

Carries - Light rail (tramway) bridge / metro rail bridge
Road bridge
Crosses - Douro River
Locale - Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia
Design - two-hinged double-deck arch bridge
Longest span - 172 metres (560 ft)
Total length - 385.25 metres (1,263.9 ft)
Height - 44.6 metres (146 ft)
Beginning date of construction 1881
Completion date 1886
Opening date - 1886-10-31


Nikon D40X
2009/07/23 13:22:09.2
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/320 sec - F/5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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