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Hi TE friends

I made this one from a the statue of 'Cristo Rei'. On top we can see an airplane landing.

I hope you like it and have a nice Sunday

The 25 de Abril Bridge (translation: 25th of April Bridge, in Portuguese: Ponte 25 de Abril,is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999. It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA, due to their similarities and same construction company. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 19th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Until 1974 the bridge was named Salazar Bridge.

In 2006 a daily average of 150,000 cars cross the bridge, including 7,000 on the peak hour. Rail traffic is also heavy, with a daily average of 157 trains. In all, around 380,000 people cross the bridge daily (190,000 if considering return trips).
Other numbers:
• 1012,88 m - length of main span
• 2277,64 m - length of truss
• 70 m - height from water to upper platform
• 190,47 m - height of main towers (second tallest structure in Portugal)
• 58,6 cm - diameter of each of the two sets of main cables
• 11,248 - number of steel wire strand cables, each 4,87 mm in diameter, in each set of main cables
• 54,196 km - length of steel wire strand cables making up the two sets of main cables
• 79,3 m - depth (below water-level) of the foundation of the south pillar
• 30 km - length of access roads
• 32 - viaducts in the access roads

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A Ponte 25 de Abril é uma ponte pênsil rodo-ferroviária que liga a cidade de Lisboa à cidade de Almada, em Portugal. A ponte atravessa o estuário do rio Tejo na parte final e mais estreita – o designado gargalo do Tejo.

Outros dados relevantes sobre a Ponte 25 de Abril, à data da sua inauguração:
• 1 012,88 metros de comprimento do vão principal
• 2 277,64 metros de distância de amarração a amarração
• 70 metros de altura do vão acima do nível da água
• 190,47 metros de altura das torres principais acima do nível da água (o que a torna a segunda mais alta construção de Portugal e a ponte mais alta da Europa)
• 58,6 centímetros de diâmetro de cada cabo principal
• 11 248 fios de aço com 4,87 milímetros de diâmetro, em cada cabo (o que totaliza 54,196 quilómetros de fio de aço)
• 79,3 metros de profundidade, abaixo do nível de água, no pilar principal, Sul
• 30 quilómetros de rodovias nos acessos Norte e Sul com 32 estruturas de betão armado e pré-esforçado
o Estes resultados foram obtidos com a aplicação de 263 000 metros cúbicos de betão e 72 600 toneladas de aço.
Na ponte sobre o Tejo pode ouvir-se constantemente este som (59s) que corresponde à deslocação dos carros no tabuleiro.
Nikon D40X
2008/03/15 13:55:34.8
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Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
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Focal Length: 26mm
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Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/10
Exposure Comp.: +5.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
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Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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