Friday, October 30, 2009

Espindo Bridge

Rota do Românico No. 10

Ponte de Espindo

A transitional medieval bridge of a late period than that of Vilela with a trastly tray that shows it is more Gothic than Romanesque. The Espindo Bridge is composed of a single arch sustained by solid pillars stremming directly from the river banks, the one in the left bank being protected by a wall or is let upstream.

Name: Espindo Bridge
Type: Bridge
Classification: pending classification
Style: Methodology constructive medieval
State of Conservation: Good
Time of Visit: Guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 13h, by appointment. Minimum visitors: 10.
Price of Admission: Free

For explanation on Portuguese please visit official site of Romans ways:
Phone: 255 810 706 / 918 116 488
Fax: 255 810 709

Location: Place Espindo, neighborhood Meinedo, Lousada, Oporto, Portugal

How to get there:
If approaching from the north of Portugal through the A28 (Road/Oporto), the A3 (Valença/Oporto) or A7 (Sabrosa / Oporto) follow the direction of Penafiel (A4) A11 (Esposende/Marco de Canaveses). Get to Caíde de Rei on A11. Follow the signs to RRVS that through road N320 and N320-1, will take you to Bridge Espindo, through the Church of Meinedo.
If coming from downtown or south of the country by the A1 (Lisbon-Oporto) or the A29 (Estarreja/VN Gaia) in Oporto between crossing the river Douro through the bridge of the Ash.
From Oporto you may go for A4/IP4 (Vila Real) or A41/A42 (Oporto) that will lead to the A11, following signs Felgueiras and Amarante, respectively. On the A11 take exit on Caíde de Rei. From there follow the signs to RRVS (Church of Meinedo).
If you are already in the town of Lousada, turn onto the road N320 following the direction of the Market Hall at the intersection of traffic lights before the Court. From this intersection go straight ahead until you find the signs of RRVS that will take you to the bridge of Espindo.

Geographic Coordinates: Lat: 41 ° 14 '36.15 "N / Long: 8 ° 16' 25.04" W

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