|UNESCO #755 - Historic Centre of Oporto (Ribeira) - PORTUGAL|
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Porto - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #755
This is another card sent by my sister from Porto (I can't get used to write Oporto, I'm sorry), this time a Vintage Card with an old photo of the typical river bank area (known as "Ribeira") and in the background the Dom Luis Bridge (built in the late 19th century according to a Eiffel design - yes, the same of the tower in Paris!). Thanks a lot Helena! Weel, since this is the second from Porto, the counting remains at 34, 928 sites to finish. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara.