Ponte de Dom Luís I
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Ponte de Dom Luís I information
Completed in 1886 by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge’s top deck is now reserved for pedestrians as well as one of the city’s metro lines; the lower deck bears regular traffic, with narrow pedestrian walkways lining the road.
Its construction was significant, as the area’s foot traffic once travelled across a bridge made from old port boats lashed together. To make matters worse, the river was wild back then, with no upstream dams. When Napoleon invaded in 1809, scores were crushed and drowned in the rushing river as a panicked stampede proved too much for the makeshift bridge.