Luis I Bridge in Porto

Porto (Portugal). Few days after my post on the Arab Room at Palácio da Bolsa, I’m happy to share another photo taken in Porto: it’s one of the city’s symbols, the marvelous bridge “Luis I” (or, in Portuguese, “Ponte Dom Luís I”), which crosses the Douro river with its 172 meters and two decks (the upper one for the light metro train, and the lower one for cars), connecting Riberira with Jardim do Morro and the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar.

Perhaps it’s because I’m (still) a civil engineer, but I’m always fascinated by bridges. They perfectly combine elegance and functionality, easily becoming not only part of the landscape (I can think about Istanbul, for example) but also a city landmark: Ponte Vecchio in Florence is jut one of many examples; or the Millennium Bridge in London, to mention something of contemporary.

But probably one of my favorite bridge ever is this one crossing the Euphrates river: not so “architecturally” charming, but for sure very exciting to be crossed…

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The Old, Massive and Symbolic Ponte Stemma in Pontremoli

Pontremoli (Italy). I already posted a photo mentioning my participation – with three photos – at an exhibition on Pontremoli and the Lunigiana region until the 7th of August 2016 at the Art Gallery “Ex-Macelleria“. I expressly created the tag “Pontremoli Photographic Exhibition 2016” to see all of them with one click…

As mentioned in another post, Pontremoli takes its name’s root from the Latin word “Pons“, bridge. For this reason, I selected – among many photos in my archive – three images of three different but representative bridges, all of them captured by night. This one here shows of a very massive bridge, called Ponte del Casotto, which is placed at the confluence between the two rivers, Magra and Verde. It’s a very old stone bridge: the original structure dates back to the end of the 14th century and it was reinforced in 1568. This is the same bridge that appears in the city’s insignia (in Italian: “stemma”) and for this reason it’s usually known locally as “Ponte Stemma”.

For those who will be around Pontremoli – in the northern part of Tuscany – in these days until the 7th of August, the exhibition will be held at the Galleria d’Arte Ex-Macelleria, Via Garibaldi 27 – 50027 Pontremoli (Massa Carrara). Opening hours: 10.30 / 13.00 and 16.30 / 19.30.

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