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Unlike Lisbon, Oporto is lucky to have a “cozy” river passing in front of it. The Douro river flows all it’s way between hills and in spite of the water it carries is always a narrow river.
This also allows for the easy construction of bridges, which in return allow for the easy settlement of people on both banks.
This photo was taken from the South margin (the city of Gaia) right in front of the warehouses (Caves) where the famous Port Wine is kept to mature. The boats on the foreground are well preserved relics of the hundreds of similar boats that were used to bring the wine down from the vineyards upriver to these warehouses where it was bottled and shipped to the whole world
The bridge was named D. Luis I and was designed by Teófilo Seyrig an associate of Gustave Eiffel. It was opened to traffic on October, 31st, 1886, and until recent years both it’s platforms served for automobile traffic. Nowadays the upper platform is dedicated to the city tramway.

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