Ribeira and Episcopal Palace - Porto

Ribeira and Episcopal Palace - Porto

A look at the steep, terraced hillside above Porto's riverside Ribeira district. This area is at the centre of Porto's UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sitting behind the first row of houses along the riverfront is the Elevador da Ribeira or Elevador da Lada. This public elevator leads from the Ribeira to halfway up the slope of Barredo saving a considerable climb. Built in a style matching the Dom Luis I bridge, and not dissimilar to the Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon, this was only completed in 1994.

Top of the photo, and dominating the skyline is the Paco Episcopal (Bishop's Palace) which is where the bishops of Porto once lived. 


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