After visiting the Sandeman Museum of port, we were driven to an embarkation point on one of the banks of the Douro River for a river cruise.
This is where we got on to the boat.
The old Gaia district of Porto
We're moving further out into the estuary of the Douro River, the Dom Luis I Bridge (nearer) , followed by Arrabida Bridge further away
The Arrabida Bridge, opened in 1963
Further out into the estuary
The 371m Ponte Infante D. Henrique, opened in 2003
Some of the buildings we passed by
a baby on the river cruiser
Our boat passing under the Infante D Henrique Bridge
Directly under the Maria Pia Bridge now
Passing under the wrought iron Maria Pia bridge (Ponte Maria Pia), commonly known as Ponte Dona Maria, a railway bridge built in 1877. At that time, it was the longest single-arch span in the world. It's is no longer in use as a rail bridge because a modern replacement has been in 1991.
The 270 meter long 6 lane Arrabida Bridge, opened in 1963 as the concrete bridge with the longest arch in the world.
The Arrabida Bridge from further on. Beyond it is the estuary of Douro River
The Maria Pia bridge from under the Arrabida Bridge, behind that is the Ponte de São João
The Teleferico de Gaia
The old town of Gaia, closest to the bank is the Praça da Ribeira (Riverbank Plaza)
Another part of the town
Closer to the old town
An old church
All kinds of flags on our cruiser
The newer part of town
cruising back now
Back to the Dom Luis I Bridge
Back to the pier
Buildings are built very close to the edge of the water
a café ashore the Praça da Ribeira
Looking up towards the old town
This is the Palácio de Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building)
After getting ashore, we were taken to visit the Saint Francis Church
The exterior of the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis) , the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto built 1383-1425 by the Franciscan Order which first arrived at Porto in 1244, also noted for its Baroque inner decoration, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Underneath the church is a catacomb containing the bones of many Franciscan monks.
A statue of outside the church
Another statue outside the church
The Baroque front of the church with a Gothic style rose window. In the middle is St. Francis. No photo inside is allowed.
The interior of the church if full of gold (photo from Wikipedia)
a late 19th century metallic style building
Part of the old town