Porto 2010 - Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz

Porto 2010 Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz

Porto 2010 by Michal Huniewicz
I went to Porto for a few days because I had never been to Portugal. I did not quite know what to expect but I knew I had to see the Iron Bridge and the Lello bookstore.
The city did not disappoint me although I missed Southern style window shutters. Enjoy the pictures!

Rua de S. Francisco de Borja

Rua de S. Francisco de Borja
Rua de S. Francisco de Borja - Porto 2010
That's an old town street sign.
S. Francisco de Borja lived in the 15th century. Francisco Goya created a painting of him performing an exorcism.

Boulevard

Boulevard
Boulevard - Porto 2010
Porto boulevard.

Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

Igreja de Santo Ildefonso
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso - Porto 2010
Church of Saint Ildefonso. Built in the 18th century, it is notable for its azulejo facade. Azulejo is a typical Portuguese architecture aspect; it is used both to decorate and control temperature.

Buildings

Buildings
Buildings - Porto 2010
Porto buildings. Notice azulejos (the building on the left) and clothes getting dry in the sun.

Rua de 31 de Janeiro

Rua de 31 de Janeiro
Rua de 31 de Janeiro - Porto 2010
Church of Saint Ildefonso is visible in the background. This street is very, very steep.

Praca de Liberdade

Praca de Liberdade
Praca de Liberdade - Porto 2010
Freedom (Liberty) Square. On the North side of the square there is municipality. The monument is dedicated to Pedro IV of Portugal (King Peter IV), an important figure of Portuguese Liberal Wars.

Cafeteria

Cafeteria
Cafeteria - Porto 2010
This is a typical Portuguese cafeteria where locals and tourists come to drink and gossip.

Come to Papa

Come to Papa
Come to Papa - Porto 2010
Pope Benedict XVI visited Portugal just before I did and his pictures were to be found everywhere.

Livraria Lello e Irmao

Livraria Lello e Irmao
Livraria Lello e Irmao - Porto 2010
Livraria Lello & Irmao must be the most beautiful bookstore I have ever seen.

Livraria Lello e Irmao

Livraria Lello e Irmao
Livraria Lello e Irmao - Porto 2010
It is from the 19th century.
I bought two books I will never read to support the bookstore.

Tower view

Tower view
Tower view - Porto 2010
Torre dos Clerigos is a tower of the Clerigos church - this is where I took this photo. The tower has 225 steps and is over 75 meters high.
On the left hand side you can see the Porto Cathedral, the central and right side occupies the Duoro River.

Steep street

Steep street
Steep street - Porto 2010
A steep street leading to river Douro's boulevard.

Balcony

Balcony
Balcony - Porto 2010
A balcony with plants.

Dom Luis Bridge

Dom Luis Bridge
Dom Luis Bridge - Porto 2010
Ponte Luis I is a metal arch bridge built in the 19th century. It was designed by Teofilo Seyrig, a partner of the famous Gustave Eiffel.

Dom Luis Bridge

Dom Luis Bridge
Dom Luis Bridge - Porto 2010
A detail of the bridge. See the jumping kid?
The boat is called rabelo and it was traditionally used to transport barrels of port (the wine) down the river for storage.

Dom Luis Bridge

Dom Luis Bridge
Dom Luis Bridge - Porto 2010
That's the same bridge.
Further in the background, on top of the hill, there is a building for storing port (the wine).

Boulevard

Boulevard
Boulevard - Porto 2010
Porto boulevard.

Installing the Moon

Installing the Moon
Installing the Moon - Porto 2010
Was it in Porto where they installed the Moon for us to see?

Dom Luis Bridge from above

Dom Luis Bridge from above
Dom Luis Bridge from above - Porto 2010
Again, the iron bridge.

A lone palm tree

A lone palm tree
A lone palm tree - Porto 2010
I love palm trees.

Cathedral detail

Cathedral detail
Cathedral detail - Porto 2010
Notice azulejos.

Azulejos

Azulejos
Azulejos - Porto 2010
Azulejos - detail.

Machine gun Jesus?

Machine gun Jesus?
Machine gun Jesus? - Porto 2010
This Jesus is for sale.

A dark street

A dark street
A dark street - Porto 2010
In this dark street in the Old Town you can listen to fado music concerts.

Castelo do Queijo

Castelo do Queijo
Castelo do Queijo - Porto 2010
This fort (or castle) is also called Forte de Sao Francisco Xavier, but its original name means Castle of the Cheese.